Whether he is a Canadian or an Indian citizen is not the issue.. The point here is, does the fact Akshay Kumar didn’t vote make him any less patriotic than he would have been after voting?
“No,” says a close friend of Akshay. “He has never lied about his nationality, never hidden the fact that he has a Canadian passport. By not being able to vote he doesn’t lose his right to make patriotic films. The logic is absurd.”
Even more absurd is the uproar over Akshay’s previous silence on the issue.
Says a source close to Akshay, “It was one random media encounter on Tuesday after the family screening of Akshay’s wife’s nephew’s film (Blank). Akshay came out and was answering questions about how he liked the film when this (question on his not voting) was dropped on him. Akshay will speak on the issue of his voting rights. But not randomly. He needs to evaluate the situation and weigh every word.”
Sources close to Akshay say he’s very distressed by the controversy.
“He has been upset since this non-issue was blown up. Many of Akshay’s well-wishers feel this controversy has come up because of his interview with Narendra Modi to undermine his credibility. To make the people feel he was unfit for the job (of interviewing the PM),” says the close friend.
However, Akshay released a statement on Twitter saying,
"I really don't understand the unwarranted interest and negativity about my citizenship. I have never hidden or denied that I hold a Canadian passport. It is also equally true that I have not visited Canada in the last seven years. I work in India, and pay all my taxes in India. While all these years, I have never needed to prove my love for India to anyone, I find it disappointing that my citizenship issue is constantly dragged into needless controversy, a matter that is personal, legal, non-political, and of no consequences to others. Lastly, I would like to continue contributing in my small way to the causes that I believe in and make India stronger and stronger."