'Take the award back if you want'
Actor Akshay Kumar today urged those criticising his National Award win to "take it back" if they felt he did not deserve it. He won his first National Award this year in the best actor category for his role in Rustom. The decision, however, was met with criticism with many arguing that it was not fair.
When asked about it, Akshay told reporters, "I've been hearing it for past 25 years, whenever someone wins there is some discussion around it. This is not new. Someone or the other always creates a controversy. 'He shouldn't have won, the other person should have.'
"It's okay. I've won this after 26 years, 'agar woh bhi aapka mann kare toh le lo' (take it back if you feel like it)."
Asked if he would be considered for the Padma Bhushan for his philanthropic work in the future, Akshay said, "You have to do major work to earn such an award. Only then people can feel you deserve the award." The Airlift star said it was good that some award functions in Bollywood were recognising the efforts of
stuntmen but hoped more people acknowledged their hard work.