Akshay Kumar’s recent line-up of films based on social issues and patriotism and his interview with Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the elections has made his detractors allude him to the PM’s 'camp.' However, the actor quipped that his recent film ‘Mission Mangal’ and the launch of Chandrayaan-2 around the same time had no connection. The 51-year-old didn’t shy from praising the PM for his efforts to highlight cleanliness and for the increased focus for space.
The team of ‘Mission Mangal’, including Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Nithya Menen visited the Republic Studio ahead of the release of the film. When Republic Media Network’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami spoke about India’s achievements in space in 50 years being on par with what other countries had achieved in 100 years, Akshay replied, “I was reading statistics about this government. They have increased the budget for space science to 18 per cent.”
The actor added that there are many extensive efforts in space technology that the country is witnessing, including the Chandrayaan-2. He, however, hoped it lands on September 9 because it’s his birthday, instead of the scheduled September 7, joking about two days going ‘idhar udhar’.
When he was told that he’d be trolled for ‘setting’ this, Taapsee cut in, “Many people feel the launch of Chandrayaan-2 during ‘Mission Mangal’ release meant there is some connection between the two.”
Akshay then says August 15, 1969, ISRO was born and exactly 50 years later, his film releases, making Arnab Goswami quip if he had planned it. ‘Khiladi’ then says there can’t be so much planning.
When asked why he always highlighted the positive facts about the government and not the negative aspects, the ‘Pad Man’ star replied, “I believe in positivity. When our PM on the first day of his term, talks about cleanliness, tell me which PM has done so before. I really liked it because we need cleanliness. It’s important to make our country clean. If I have made a film on that, I don’t think I have done anything wrong.”
‘Mission Mangal’, also starring Sonakshi Sinha, Sharman Joshi and HG Dattatreya, has been directed by Jagan Shakti.
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