Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a heart to heart with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar in a "non-political" interview where he shared anecdotes from his personal life. In an interview with ANI, 'Khiladi' Akshay Kumar asked PM Modi about his "fashion statement" and particularly about his half sleeves style. To which the Prime Minister set the record straight.
"You asked a very good question. Just like how my image as a strict and angry person is created similarly there is another image about my clothes. Now, the truth is that I used to carry a small bag and travel a lot. And till the time I became the Chief Minister, I used to wash my own clothes. So, I thought that if I wear long sleeves then the washing will take more efforts and time. Plus it would take up more space in my bag. Therefore, I trimmed it myself".
"Because of poverty, I used to feel inferior. We could not iron own clothes so what I used to do was take a bowl and fill it up with coal and then used it to press clothes. I had no shoes. Once one of my uncle got me white canvas shoes. In few days, they became dirty. So, every day after school, I used to stay back in class, collect chalk pieces and used it to polish my shoes", he added.
Host Akshay Kumar gave a hypothetical situation to Prime Minister Modi and asked him his three wishes if he get Aladdin's Lamp. The Prime Minister said:
"See, if I get 'Aladdin ka Chirag' which has magical powers then I would ask all the educationalist to stop reciting the story of 'Aladdin ka Chirag'. People should be taught to work hard. The significance is of hard work and not laziness."
'Khiladi' Akshay Kumar asked PM Modi about "how he controls his anger?" Prime Minister Modi said that 'people often get shock when they hear that I don't get angry'.
"People express surprise when they get to know that I never feel angry. Happiness and anger is part of life. Everyone experiences these emotions. During the crucial year of my life, the time I was 18-22 years, I received training in which I learnt that God has given us everything. It is up to us to decide how we can move forward by focusing on good. Things that bring negativity should be disposed. From being a Chaprasi to Principal Secretary, I never got a chance to express anger".
Akshay Kumar goes on to state "I have heard that you are a strict person". To this the Prime Minister replies:
"Being strict is different. I am strict and disciplined. I never insult anyone to get my work done but motivate that person. In this way, I am learning and teaching at the same time".