Bollywood Actor Akshay Kumar (File Photo)
Amid questions being raised over his citizenship status, particularly over his absence from the polling booths, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar on Friday admitted to holding a Canadian passport.
“Really don’t understand 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,” Akshay tweeted his statement.
“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 consequence to others,” he added.
Akshay’s citizenship status has been a topic debate over the past few days with many on social media claiming that he holds a Canadian citizenship rather than an Indian one.
The debate gained pace after the hero of films like "Kesari", "Toilet Ek Prem Katha" and "Airlift" which had nationalistic overtones, gave voting a miss on April 29.
His actor-author wife Twinkle Khanna cast vote at a booth in Juhu on Monday, but Akshay wasn't seen with her.
Kumar was in news only a few days ago with his "non-political" interview with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.