Akshay Kumar was savagely trolled on Tuesday for an old video which shows him speaking enthusiastically about his fan-following in Pakistan.
The video is being judged as anti-national.
But the fact is, Akshay and the other A-list superstars have a huge fan base in Pakistan.
Shatrughan Sinha defends Akshay, “Firstly, this is an old video being circulated out of context to pull him down. Having said that, the big superstars like Akshay, Salman, Shah Rukh and Aamir do have a large fan following in Pakistan. Why shy away from it?”
A source close to Akshay adds, “All these are attempts to cut Akshay’s career down to size. That he has repeatedly broken boxoffice records without tampering with his clean image saysa lot about the hold Akshay has over his base.”
Reports filtering in from Akshay Kumar’s team suggest that the actor’s next release Kesari, a period drama about valour and strength which is an extremely nationalistic drama, would not get a release in Pakistan.
Says a friend of Akshay, “The kind of patriotic cinema he does almost always raises eyebrows in Pakistan.”