Akshay Kumar’s eligibility for National Award questioned on social media

Bollywood hero Akshay Kumar, who was locked in controversy after revealing his Canadian citizenship, following his `non-political interview’ with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is now became central of another uproar on social media. He was questioned media about winning the National Award.

Several social media users including National award-winning film editor and writer Apurva Asrani, today,  questioned Akshay on being a National Award-winner. Asrani tweeted: “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 revote.”

However following the rule book of the Directorate of Film Festivals, the organisation that presents the National Film Awards, under the section of eligibility of a candidate it reads: “Film professionals and technicians of foreign origin can also be considered for awards.”

Filmmaker Rahul Dholakia, who has also been part of the jury of the National Film Awards earlier, took to Twitter to clarify the matter.

Sharing a screenshot of the rulebook, he wrote: “Clarification on National Award — foreign nationals can get National Awards. it’s legal, legit and by the books have been on the jury (not for this one) and so found out from an official Manoj Srivastava who sent me this.”

Akshay was honoured with the “Best Actor Award” for “Rustom” in 2016. Earlier this week, the “Khiladi” star faced flak on social media after he interviewed Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was also criticised for talking about patriotism despite not being an Indian citizen.

Expressing his disappointment over the criticism, Akshay Kumar yesterday, released a statement about his Canadian citizenship and said that he did not understand the negativity and “unwarranted interest” around the subject.

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