Akshay Kumar, who said he has Canadian citizenship, was questioned on social media about winning the National Award. However, filmmaker Rahul Dholakia supported the actor and said that “foreign nationals can get National Awards”


On Saturday, several social media users including National award-winning film editor and writer Apurva Asrani questioned Akshay on being a National Award-winner.

Akshay's eligibility for National Award questioned
“Akshay Kumar Won The National Award While We Were Expecting Manoj Bajpayee”: Apurva Asrani

Asrani tweeted: “Are Canadian citizens eligible for India’s National Awards? The year (2016) Akshay Kumar won ‘Best Actor’, we were expecting Manoj Bajpayee to win for ‘Aligarh’. If the jury/ministry has made an error in Kumar’s case, will there be a revote.”

However following the rulebook of the Directorate of Film Festivals, the organisation that presents the National Film Awards, under the section of eligibility of a candidate it reads: “Film professionals and technicians of foreign origin can also be considered for awards.”


Filmmaker Rahul Dholakia, who has also been part of the jury of the National Film Awards earlier, took to Twitter to clarify the matter.

Sharing a screenshot of the rulebook, he wrote: “Clarification on National Award — foreign nationals can get National Awards. it’s legal, legit and by the books have been on the jury (not for this one) and so found out from an official Manoj Srivastava who sent me this.”

Akshay was honoured with the “Best Actor Award” for “Rustom” in 2016.

Earlier this week, the “Khiladi” star faced flak on social media after he interviewed Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was also criticised for talking about patriotism despite not being an Indian citizen.

On Friday, expressing his disappointment over the criticism, Akshay released a statement about his Canadian citizenship and said that he did not understand the negativity and “unwarranted interest” around the subject.

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  1. Anybody who is with BJP can do anything because they become holy cow once they join this party. This year award for best film will be for endgame?

    Pm saab choose someone for interview who is not a journalist and even not from India. Is he working on some work permit?
    And how he is filing income tax?
    These hypocrites don’t even want to be Indian .yet brand ambassador for voting , hygiene, sanitary napkins and what not.
    How can a foreigner be patriot or nationalist of India. Wiĺ somebody put some light on this fact. I m not condemning him for being Canadian but for being hypocrite and making people believe that he is biggest patriot and nationist in India .


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