Akshay Kumar thanks stuntmen for keeping him alive in open letter

Bollywood action star Akshay Kumar is known for his daredevil stunts and action sequences. The ‘Khiladi’ Kumar often performs stunts in his film on his own. The actor who has amazed audience with jaw-dropping action in films like ‘Baby’, ‘Brothers’, ‘Khakee’ and ‘Khiladi’ series among several others has honoured the stuntmen for their contribution to cinema.

Akshay learnt about the sudden demise of international stunt coordinator Scott Cosgrove, with whom he was supposed to work for an upcoming project. The news has greatly affected the ‘Airlift’ actor who penned a heartfelt open letter to all stuntmen and women who put their lives at risk for the actors and for the films’ credibility with their expertise.

The actor in his open letter said that he felt that honouring stuntmen with awards would at least be a small start towards acknowledging their work. Akshay has also regarded himself as a stuntman, besides being an actor while signing off the letter.

Here’s what Akshay’s open letter says:

To all the Stuntmen and Women out there, I just heard another great international Stuntman who has actually worked in my own Industry, and was going to come & train with me at my Parkour Gym has sadly passed away. I not only believe you all should be winning #Oscars and #FilmFares for your incredible work, in my eyes you should always be acknowledged globally for saving our lives and our films credibility with your expertise. It Pains me, because I know the one expert that an actor/actress can't live without during their shoot is their #StuntBuddy. We would be mourning so many actors/actresses if it wasn't for your unbelievable hard work and amazing talent that makes our movies look so good and help us earn so much, while keeping us safe from harm. Instead the stunt community is quietly mourning the ones they've lost be it by accident, injury or fatality on the sets of #AwardWinningFilms over the years. I know winning an award still isn't enough for what you all painfully go through for these million dollar projects, but it would be a little start, yet sadly our fraternities are barely even honouring you with that. I just want you to know coming from a stunt/actor like myself, I admire, respect, honour and am eternally grateful for everything you all do, my children still have their father in one piece because there is always someone prepared to take the fall that I may not be able to take one day.

To all the #StuntmenAndWomen I have ever worked alongside around the world, you are in my and my family's prayers. You deserve so much more than a wage packet, and I hope I live long enough to see a change. I know in my 25 year long career nothing much has changed. But it will, and I will try and make sure of that. Till then thank you and take great care, good luck with the #FightForYourRights...

RIP to all those that have #LostTheirLifeForFilm

Love and Prayers AK the Actor/AK the stuntman.

#ActionFilms #RespectForTheActionWorld #HonourStuntmenAndWomen #OscarForBestAction

Akshay will be next seen in ‘Rustom’ which will hit theatres on August 12. He is also shooting for ‘Housefull 3’ and Rajinikanth's ‘2.0’, the sequel to 2010 film Enthiran (Robot).