When Akshay Kumar threatened to leave film requiring him to badmouth Pakistan

Akshay often takes up patriotic films but he also steers clear of things that may hurt any community.

Entertainment Desk May 28, 2021
Akshay Kumar. PHOTO: FILE

In recent years, the relationship between Pakistan and India has significantly deteriorated. But artists from both countries are refusing to bow down to political pressure or resort to hatred, with the exception of a few Ranauts.

But with Tiger 3 ready to portray Emraan Hashmi as an agent from this side of the border, there’s no denying certain filmmakers can't stop themselves from portraying Pakistanis as villains. This also reminds one of the times when films like Gadar, LOC and Sarfarosh made Pak-bashing a trend.

But despite most Bollywood artists’ willingness to jump that bandwagon, actor Akshay Kumar once refused to bad mouth Pakistan in his film Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo, according to the Hindustan Times.

That’s right! Akshay is known for his enthusiasm for patriotic films, but he is also known for steering clear of things that may hurt the sentiments of any community. Refusing to utter anti-Pakistani sentiments was a move that proved he is a man of principles.

In 2007, while shooting for Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo, Akshay had threatened to quit the film if the lines with negative political connotations against Pakistan were not deleted from the script. He wasn’t too pleased with the not-too-strong role assigned to him either, provided the film also featured the likes of Amitabh Bachchan and Bobby Deol.

But irrespective of being replaceable, Akhsay did not refrain from calling a spade, a spade.  But he wasn’t the only one, back in the day, John Abraham, had reportedly made similar demands while filming for Goal.

A scene picturised on John and Arshad Warsi had the Garam Masala actor indirectly bad mouth Pakistan’s Cricket Team. John put his foot down, and asked for the lines to be replaced with something that was not “hostile.”

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Atsul | 2 years ago | Reply

That s awesome and I salute Akshay for that if other top stars had taken the same stand relationship between two countries wouldn t be so bad. Unfortunately many top actors lost thier moral and succumb to join the BJP propaganda all those top names had lost all respect among Pakistani viewers. I hope Akshay and others like him were able to standup to the BJP extremism after 2010 the same way.

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