With back to back hit ventures concerning several important social issues, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar has proved himself to be one of the most promising stars of the current era. The actor who is soon to release his space drama 'Mission Mangal' during a recent media interaction hailed the current government for focusing on gender equality and establishing India as a space super-power.
Akshay said of late, the efforts of India's premier space agency have started getting recognized by everyone and he believes a part of the credit should go to the current government.
"I was reading an article in which it was written that earlier two to three per cent of the budget was given to space and science. Now it is 18 per cent. This government is going to focus on space science and all. So we see something like 'Chandrayan 2'. ISRO is there for 50 years but it has become very famous of late because we used to not talk about it earlier," PTI quoted the actor as saying.
Citing the example of Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who previously was the Defence Minister and is currently the Finance Minister of the country, Akshay said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is walking the talk when it comes to gender equality.
"There was a perception that only men can be a scientist or engineer but I believe a woman can be an equally good scientist or engineer. Things are changing in India so much today. In our country, we have a woman holding an important portfolio like finance or defense ministry," the actor reportedly said.
Meanwhile, 'Mission Mangal' starring Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, Sharman Joshi, Kirti Kulhari and H. G. Dattatreya in the lead is based on the real-life story of the Indian Space Research Organisation's Mars Orbiter Mission. The trailer of the film surfaced last month and the preview showcases how India, despite having its own challenges successfully manages to launch its spacecraft in Mars' orbit. The film is helmed by Jagan Shakti is all set to hit the theaters on August 15.
(With inputs from PTI)
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