Akshay Kumar has been ignored at many award functions and was not even nominated despite giving memorable performances. He even stopped going to award ceremonies. So when it was announced that he has won National Award, he could not believe it.
Akshay Kumar was shooting for Padman along with Sonam Kapoor when he got to know about National Award win. Now he has posted an emotional message on Twitter. The actor has thanked the jury members and his fans for continuous love and support.
The actor also talked to Hindustan Time and expressed his feelings. He said “Of course, 2016 has been fantastic, I couldn’t have asked for more… I guess there was more (referring to the award).. I don’t think anything can top this National Award win.:
“It is great news. National Film awards are the most prestigious awards in the country. It is a moment of pride for sure. The first reaction, honestly, was if this was a late April Fool’s joke (laughs)! Actually, I am still trying to process this win, it is a mix of many emotions – surprise, happiness and, most prominently, gratitude to the jury, makers of the film, my parents and of course the beloved fans.”
He also revealed that he has never cheated to win an award. “Itna keh sakta hun mai ki ye award bhi maine imandari se jita hai. Maine aaj tak cheating nahi ki. Neither have I ever made a call to anyone to win an award nor have given money or done favours for it.”
According to the official statement, Akshay Kumar has won National Award for both Rustom and Airlift. He will be seen in Toilet Ek Prem Katha next.