As soon as the National Awards for Best Actor was announced, internet was abuzz with people debating if Akshay Kumar indeed deserved the award. Was it his friendship with Priyadarshan who was chairing the jury of the 64th National Awards or was it that he successfully managed to reinvent himself as the new Bharat Kumar, a space that was previously occupied by Manoj Kumar.
Akshay came a long way -- from being the Khiladi Kumar to the present patriot - a soldier who is never off duty. One after the other, barring an occasional Entertainment or Housefull 3, he picked films such as Baby, Holiday, Airlift and Gabbar Is back restating his nationalist image. This was in the time when sentiment of nationalism was very prevalent and every activity by politicians or celebrity was being looked at from behind the lense of patriotism. In these times, his choice of films made him a nationalist. People liked his ideas. He had proposed the idea of a special app with which people would be able to help the families of martyrs. With the app, people can donate money directly to the bank accounts of martyrs' families.
On April 9, Akshay truly became a hero after he launched a website "Bharat Ke Veer" to facilitate donation to the families of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel killed in action.
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