After receiving a lot of flak on social media for his first National Award win as best actor Akshay Kumar has finally find a support in four times National Award winner Madhur Bhandarkar. Talking to BollywoodLife in an EXCLUSIVE chat when he was asked about his reaction on the National Award winners. He said, "I am very very happy for Akshay and the entire team of Rustom. I am happy for the special mention for Sonam Kapoor and the Dangal girl (Zaira Wasim). Ya I am very happy about it, because it was a very well jury set up and it was given to right people. So I am very happy for the entire team. Akshay Kumar definitely has been ignored by the popular award from a long time and I am happy today that he got his dues.(sic)"
When he was further asked about the whole controversy surrounding his Nationality, of him being a Canadian citizen, he said, "I don't know about Akshay Kumar's Canadian citizenship. I have no clue about this. I would say, he's paying Income tax over here. He's been one of the highest income taxpayers and he's already received Padma Shri four years back and he has done Indian films over here. I don't think about it that people are linking some other thing to it.(sic)"
He was then asked about Manoj Bajpayee's snub, he said, "Whenever there is an award, there are certain section of people who'd say about biasedness, about government not recognising. Manoj Bajpayee, definitely has done a fabulous job in Aligarh. Which I have seen also and appreciated also. But try to understand it is a jury which has decided. It's a juri which takes a call. So many times we feel our film is there, we didn't get the award. But let's give the respect to the jury. The jury feels there are more other people, who are being good and sometimes the decision is taken within the jury, it's not one person who takes a decision.(sic)" Also read: 3 revelations made by Priyadarshan on Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan and National Film Awards that stumped us
Well, Madhur Bhandarkar's candid comments would surely act as a respite for National Award winner Akshay Kumar.
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