BH CORRESPONDENT, Mumbai: Akshay Kumar’s career in Bollywood is easily a case study in itself, starting in 1991 with Saugandh to the last release Good Newwz in 2019, the man in the span of 30 years has given the audiences 113 films across multiple genres. The ‘mini box-office’ has a fantastic line-up of films slated to release this year.
Apart from work, Khiladi Kumar is a socially conscious citizen and is constantly contributing to the government’s effort against the coronavirus pandemic in a major way. In a recent celebrity heartfulness index study by an institute, he scored a perfect 10, leaving behind scores of celebrities in the entertainment and sports domain. Speaking to RJ Anmol, he explained that he is on a path of self-discovery during the lockdown.
Explaining the same Akshay said, “The last 30 years went too fast. I did not get the time to sit back and introspect. Work, family, life kept me busy. However, this lockdown has given me so much time that I could never get earlier. I used this opportunity to think and feel about so many issues, that I needed clarity on. I am finding so many facets of “myself”. I strongly feel that this process of self-discovery should be undertaken by every individual to awaken various levels of consciousness. As an individual, I am feeling much stronger, connected, and empowered.”
On the family front, Akshay has picked up gardening as a hobby and is growing veggies in his garden along with other family members. “We are growing spinach and potatoes. My wife jokes that in case things turn worse, we will at least have ‘aloo saag’ to eat. By now, I have visited every corner of my house, sat on every sofa, chair, and window and even have played with the toy car of my seven-year-old daughter,” he said with loud laughter.
On giving a message to his fans, Akshay said, “I would request all my countrymen to pay special attention to their health. Health is the most important thing, if you lose good health now, it will be very difficult to get back to your fitter-self afterwards. Also, for the virus, it is difficult to infect people with strong immunity, focus on building your immunity.”
Recently, Akshay after donating a whooping Rs. 25 crore to PM-CARES Fund to help with coronavirus relief efforts and Rs. 3 crore to Mumbai municipal corporation for buying PPE and rapid-testing kits, he extended his helping hand to sustain Mumbai’s iconic theatre Gaiety-Galaxy, which sees housefull on weekends during normal circumstances. Akshay had reportedly called up Manoj Desai, the cinema’s owner and offered financial assistance to help pay the wages of its numerous workers and staffers as the theatre is not making any money owing to the shutdown. Akshay is constantly setting an example for the young generation.