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Have applied for an Indian passport, will get it soon, reveals Akshay Kumar

Earlier this year, a row had erupted over the Kesari (2019) actor's citizenship status.

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A row had erupted earlier this year over the citizenship status of Akshay Kumar. The actor had claimed numerous times in the past that he had been conferred 'honorary' citizenship of Canada, which suggested that he was still an Indian citizen.

However, in April, Cinestaan.com blew this story apart by revealing that Akshay Kumar’s name does not figure in the list of honorary citizens of Canada published on the official website of Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau.

The very next day, Akshay Kumar admitting on Twitter that he was indeed a Canadian citizen and that he does not hold Indian citizenship.

Today, the actor spoke at some length about the controversy at the 17th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi, citing his poor box-office run some years ago for taking up Canadian citizenship.

“There was a time when 14 or 15 films of mine had flopped," Akshay Kumar told the invited audience. "I started thinking I might have to do something else [for a living]. One of my closest friends lives in Canada. He advised me to move there and do business with him.”

That was when he set in motion the process of getting a Canadian passport, Akshay Kumar said. “I felt that maybe my career is over and I won’t get work here. So I got my passport made,” he said. As luck would have it, however, his next release was a hit and "I didn’t look back".

The actor then announced that he is set to become a citizen of India all over again. “I have applied for [an Indian passport]," he said. "It hurts me when people keep bringing this up. To prove that I am an Indian I will have to show a copy which is the passport. It hurts me. But now I won’t give that chance [to my detractors]. I have applied for it and will be getting my passport.”

Akshay Kumar also pointed out that he had never pushed any of his family members to opt for Canadian citizenship. “If I really wanted to go there, I could have made my wife also a Canadian citizen," he argued. "My wife is very much Indian. My son and everybody else in my family are Indians.”