Akshay Kumar Reacts to National Film Award Controversy

By Dayafter Bureau, Agencies

After series of motor-mouth critics and tweetrati questioning Akshay Kumar’s selection as best actor in National film Award, the Khiladi Kumar decided to break his silence citing “never called in a favour to bag a movie or an award in his 25-year Bollywood career.” He criticized his critics while giving an interview to Mumbai Mirror.

On Jury Chairman Priyadarshan favouring Akshay Kumar, the celluloid entertainer said, “As for Priyan favouring me, I think he has answered that question,” Akshay. Priyadarshan had defended the decision to award Akshay Kumar by comparing it to Amitabh Bachchan’s performance in Piku being picked for Best Actor last year by a jury headed by Bachchan’s Sholay director Ramesh Sippy.

The 49 year old actor won the Best Actor award for his performance as a naval officer accused of murder in 2016 film Rustom at the National Film Awards announced last week. Akshay’s first-ever National Award become controversial with whispers of favouritism by jury chairman Priyadarshan, who has directed Akshay Kumar in movies like Hera Pheri and Bhagam Bhag.