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This year be­longs to ac­tor Ak­shay Ku­mar. While his movies are scorch­ing the box of­fice, the ac­tor has just won the Na­tional Award for Best Ac­tor for the film Rus­tom, loosely based on the Nana­vati mur­der case.

Tak­ing out time from his busy shoot­ing sched­ule, he tells us, “It’s great news. The Na­tional Film Awards are the most pres­ti­gious awards in the coun­try. It’s a mo­ment of pride for sure.” The ac­tor has the Mi­das touch, de­liv­er­ing three, some­times five, hits in a year. His lat­est hit is Jolly LLB 2.

How­ever, Ak­shay wears his suc­cess lightly. All he’d say about his star­dom is that he likes to “be hon­est with his work and would give his best to peo­ple who trust him” with their money and love. “Itna keh sakta hoon mai ki ye award bhi maine imandari se jita hai. Maine aaj tak cheat­ing nahi ki. Nei­ther have I ever made a call to any­one to win an award, nor have I given money or done favours for it,” says the ac­tor.

In the past, he has shared that he of­ten gets of­fers from award show or­gan­is­ers, who tell him,“If you per­form at the show, we can give you half the money and an award as well”. But, “I tell them”, says Ak­shay, “that they can give me the com­plete pay­ment and keep their awards. The love and sup­port I get from my fans is more im­por­tant.”

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