Akshay Kumar won the Best Actor Award at the 64th National Film Awards for the movie Rustom. There was a slight controversy surrounding the win as many people started blaming filmmaker Priyadarshan who is a close friend of Akshay, to favour the actor as he was a part of the National Film Awards’ jury.
Akshay finally responded to the allegations in an interview with a leading tabloid and said, “I have completed 25 years in the film industry and I’ve never called in a favour to bag a movie or an award. As forPriyan favouring me, I think he has answered that question in your newspaper.”
In an interview with the same tabloid, Priyadarshan had said, “Akshay Kumar deserved the award and we gave it to him.There were a total of 38 jury members with me on this. How can you question the decision of so many people? Ramesh Sippy headed the jury last year. When he gave Best Actor to Amitabh Bachchan for Piku why didn’t anyone question him?”
On winning the national award, Akshay said, “I’m very happy. I consider it the blessings of my parents and the good wishes of my family. Mrs. Funnybones (wife Twinkle Khanna) who always teased me on not getting any awards is happy and my happiness lies in making her happy.”
Meanwhile, Akshay is currently shooting for R. Balki’s PadMan which also stars Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor. He will next be seen in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha which is slated to release on August 11, 2017.