Unfortunately, Akshay Kumar was highly criticised for bagging the National Award earlier this month. According to the inUth, the actor told media on Monday: “I have been working in the film industry for the last 25 years and I have noticed that every time whoever wins a National Award, the debate starts on who is deserving to win the award. I got it after 25 years. If you think I don’t deserve it, you can take it away.”
He was present at the event by Movie Stunt Artistes Association where he has come up with a unique initiative- introducing a special insurance scheme for all stunt artistes. According to him, “I am a stuntman first before an actor. For 10 years, I worked as a stuntman in Hindi film industry before getting the opportunity of acting.”
He further added: “So I know how stuntmen risk their lives to earn their bread. I know what it takes to risk their lives to entertain us. So I think they should get equal respect even at the award shows for their work.”
Along with cardiac surgeon, Dr Ramakanta Panda of Asia Heart Institute, Akshay has announced that this insurance scheme will cover around 380 stunt artists between the age of 18 to 55 with a death compensation of Rs 10 Lakhs.