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 the most important thing he took to the PM's house once he became the Prime Minister. Replying to this, he said, "Many other PM's in this country have not received the 'benefit' that I have and that is for a very long time I was the Chief Minister and have also been Gujarat's longest running CM due to which I had to look carefully at the details and work towards it".
" If a problem was directed towards you, the solutions also would have to be brought in alone. This 'benefit' was not given to anyone. Mr. Deve Gowda Saab was also the CM, but for a very small time. But, I was the CM for a very long time, and I believe that it has given me a strength that is also helping the country", he added.
In the interview, 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."
Later Akshay Kumar asked that if PM Modi's humour is intact even after becoming a Prime Minister because his image is taken to be as a strict administrator. Prime Minister Modi replied:
"This image is wrong. All those who say that I make them work are not doing a correct analysis. Yes they can say that there is a lot of work. But I believe in creating a work culture. See earlier PMs would go at 7 or 8 in the evening after finishing their work. Now I sit in the office even till midnight. Even at 11, I call them and ask if the work is done. So they see and they learn. As far as strict is concerned then I have a discipline. If someone is using a mobile phone during meetings, they are wasting time on other things. I ask them about what is happening, they have no answer, then I said no mobiles in my meetings. My phone doesn't ring even once. This shows I am dedicating my time to them."