Manoj Kumar is happy to be compared to Akki
making many compare him to veteran actor Manoj Kumar (far left), the original patriotic hero. When asked about Akshay Kumar taking his legacy of ‘Bharat’ forward through the kind of roles and efforts he is making, Manoj Kumar shares he is happy with the comparison. “I am glad I am compared with someone as handsome and talented as Akshay. I never intended to be a director in the first place. I became one by default when during Shaheed I had to direct the film unofficially. Then Lal Bahadur Shastri raised the slogan of Jai Jawan Jai Kisan. That’s how I made Upkar,” says Manoj Kumar, who had done films such as Purab Aur Pachchim, Kranti and Roti Kapada Aur Makaan.
Speaking of his patriotic zeal Manoj Kumar says, “I give credit for my success to my parents.”