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Akshay Kumar is ‘very happy’ doing films, rules out speculation of joining politics

The ‘Padman’ actor says that he wants to continue drawing attention to social issues through his films
Akshay Kumar’s most recent release was Samrat Prithviraj.
Akshay Kumar’s most recent release was Samrat Prithviraj.

PTI, Entertainment Web Desk   |   London   |   Published 05.07.22, 12:23 PM

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar has ruled out speculations of him joining politics, claiming that he was “very happy” doing films.

Akshay was speaking at the book launch of Hindujas and Bollywood, held at the Institute of Directors at Pall Mall in central London on Sunday night. 

Asked about joining politics, the actor said, “I am very happy making films... As an actor, I do whatever possible to take up social issues. I have produced 150 films, the one nearest to my heart is Raksha Bandhan.”

Raksha Bandhan, the Aanand L. Rai directorial which addresses dowry, is one of his latest efforts. The actor will be starring alongside Bhumi Pednekar in the movie that is set to be released on August 11 to coincide with the Raksha Bandhan festival. 

“I produce commercial films, sometimes with social issues. I produce three-four films a year,” he added. 

This year, Akshay starred in Samrat Prithviraj, where he essayed the role of the legendary king Prithviraj Chauhan, and Bachchhan Paandey. His other films scheduled for release later this year are Rakhsha Bandhan, Ram Setu and OMG 2 – Oh My God! 2

From Mother India, Sangam and Guide to Sholay, Indian industrialists Hinduja Brothers distributed around 1,200 films worldwide, playing a significant role in shaping Hindi cinema.

“In all these films we have financed and distributed, we have never lost money because we work hard to earn money,” said G.P. Hinduja, co-chairman of the Hinduja Group of Industries.

Lord Tariq Ahmad, Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, said the Hinduja family had contributed to bringing people together.

“As we celebrate 75 years of India’s independence today, we also celebrate the contributions made by the Indian diaspora,” Ahmad, who was the guest of honour, said.

Noted film producer Vashu Bhagnani and Vijay Goel, chairman of Indo-European Business Forum, music director Anu Malik, Lord Raj Loomba, founder of the NGO Loomba Foundation, and Baroness Sandip Verma also attended the book launch.

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