New Delhi, May 1: Akshay Kumar on Monday faced severe criticism from netizens for not casting vote when his wife, actress-turned-author Twinkle Khanna was spotted at a polling booth in Juhu alone.
While prominent celebs like Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra were all spotted at their respective polling stations, Akshay seemed missing – despite having a “completely non-political” interview with PM Narendra Modi just a few days ago. Many netizens questioned Akshay’s absence.
When Akshay was asked not voting in the Lok Sabha elections, the actor chose to ignore and walk away.
“Chaliye, chaliye (let’s go, let’s go)” is how Akshay responded when at a special screening of the film “Blank” on Tuesday, a mediaperson asked him about giving voting a miss.
He then walked away.
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The actor has established his image as Bollywood’s posterboy of patriotism with films like “Kesari”, “Toilet – Ek Prem Katha”, “Padman” and “Airlift”.
The fact that he missed voting gave trolls a field day with jokes and memes.
Akshay was one of the prominent Bollywood celebrities whom Modi had tagged in a tweet, asking him to encourage voting. And the actor had duly complied.
“The true hallmark of a democracy lies in people’s participation in the electoral process. Voting has to be a superhit ‘prem katha’ between our nation and its voters,” Akshay had tweeted.