On Wednesday morning, Akshay Kumar indulged in a one-of-its-kind conversation with the Prime Minister of India. It’s not every day that a Bollywood actor gets to have a “candid” chat with PM Narendra Modi, but Akshay Kumar got that rare opportunity. From PM Modi’s social media presence to his favourite Bollywood film, the two discussed a variety of subjects in their “completely non-political” interaction. Even Amitabh Bachchan couldn’t help but laud Akshay Kumar for the interview with PM Narendra Modi.
During the interaction with Khiladi Kumar, PM Modi was asked about his favourite Bollywood films. To which, he replied, “I used to watch movies at a cinema hall in my village during childhood. I remember watching a movie [Paa] with Amitabh Bachchan when I was Gujarat CM. I also watched A Wednesday with Anupam Ji…it is based on the issue of terrorism.”
Soon, Big B took to Twitter to recall the experience of watching Paa with PM Modi. The 76-year-old actor called it an unusual experience. He also praised Akshay Kumar for conducting the interview with so much dignity and respect.
Bachchan wrote, “… an unusual and first experience .. the PM being interviewed by a Film fraternity star, Akshay Kumar .. dignity, respect, regard. (sic)”
Anupam Kher also took to Twitter to thank the Prime Minister for recounting their experience of watching A Wednesday.
Kher wrote, “Hon. PM @narendramodi ji!! I remember when in August, 2008 you Sir as the CM of Gujarat watched our film #AWednesday. Your thoughts on terrorism were the same as they are now. I feel humbled that ours was the last film you have seen the last 11years.”
During his interview, PM Modi told Khiladi Kumar that his wife Twinkle Khanna often lashes out at him on Twitter. He said, “Main aapka bhi Twitter dekhta hoon aur Twinkle Khanna ji ka Twitter dekhta hoon. Kabhi Kabhi toh mujhe lagta hai ki vo mere upar gussa nikaalti hai Twitter pe, toh uske kaaran aapke parivaarik jeevan mein badi shaanti rehti hogi. Unka pura gussa mujpe nikal jaata hoga isliye aapko araam rehta hoga. Toh is prakaar se main aapke kaam aaya hoon (laughs).”
In a recent interview to Hindustan Times, Akshay revealed that “he did not know where to look”, when PM Modi had made the lighthearted dig at Twinkle. “I did not know where to look. I was stumped by his wit, and the very sporting manner in which he said it. I didn’t know what to reply. I could only laugh embarrassingly and I thought to myself ek taraf biwi, ek taraf desh ka Pradhan Mantri. Both have powerful portfolios in my life. It’s best to stay quiet.”
Akshay Kumar’s interview with PM Narendra Modi was completely ‘non-political’ and dealt with a range of topics from the Prime Minister’s love for mangoes to how Mamata Didi (Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal) sends him kurtas and Bengali sweets.