Citizenship row: Anupam Kher, Kiren Rijiju support Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar not turning up to vote for Lok Sabha election in 2019 faces the wrath of some internet trolls and he surrounded with criticism for holding Canadian passport. Apurva Asrani of ‘Aligarh’ writer lashes out at the action hero for winning a National Film Award for Rustom in 2016. However, ‘Raees’ director Rahul Dholakia spoke in favour of Akshay.

Apurva Asrani wrote, wrote, "Are Canadian citizens eligible for India's National Awards? The year (2016) Akshay Kumar won Best Actor, we were expecting Manoj Bajpayee to win for Aligarh. If the jury/ministry has made an error in Kumar's case, will there be a re-vote?"

‘Raees’ director Rahul Dholakia, tweeted in support of Akshay by sharing a screenshot of eligibility criteria, he wrote, "Clarification on National Award- foreign nationals can get National Awards. It’s legal, legit and by the books."

Anupam Kher, who is a hardcore supporter of BJP supported Akshay Kumar and tweeted, "Dear Akshay Kumar! Have been reading about you explaining to certain people about your loyalty to our country. Stop it! Their real profession is to make people like you & me feel defensive for talking in favour of India. You are a doer. You don’t need to explain to anybody."

Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs of India, had also spoke in favour of Akshay Kumar on Twitter.

He wrote, "Dear @akshaykumar ji, no one can question your patriotism. Your motivation to our Armed Forces personnel and the way you generated funds for our martyrs through #BharatKeVeer programme will remain an example for every patriotic Indian."

Over citizenship row, Akshay Kumar had earlier tweeted, "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 Inda, and pay all my taxes in India," Akshay said in a statement.

He added, "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 and mnon-political, and of no consequence 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."