Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia, known professionally as Akshay Kumar, an India-born Canadian actor, and producer who works in Bollywood has a career spanning over 29 years, appeared in over 100 films and has won several awards in India, including two National Film Awards for Best Actor for his performance in Rustom (2016) and Pad Man (2018).
Akshay Kumar will soon feature in an upcoming episode of ‘Into The Wild’ with Bear Grylls, a British former SAS serviceman, survival instructor, and honorary lieutenant-colonel, and, outside his military career, an adventurer, writer, television presenter.
Ardent fans of Akshay Kumar have been eagerly waiting for the episode on Discovery Channel on September 14 in India ever since the first teaser of the show was unveiled.
Akshay Kumar, who is shooting for ‘BellBottom’ in Scotland’s Glasgow, hosted an interactive Instagram live session with his co-star Huma Qureshi. They were also joined by Bear Grylls.
Kumar and Grylls talked about their adventure in the jungle and surviving in the wild in tough conditions. The British adventurer and host Huma Qureshi also wished Akshay Kumar on his birthday and asked if he enjoyed his special day.
Huma Qureshi asked Grylls how he convinced Akshay Kumar to drink “elephant’s poop tea” on the show. Akshay replied that he was not worried as he drinks cow urine every day. He also revealed that he prefers to drink cow’s urine because of ayurvedic reasons, so drinking elephant poop tea was not a big deal for him.
When Huma asked Bear Grylls how he convinced Akshay to have the special tea, he said, “I don’t know how we ended up doing that but it wasn’t too bad, was it?”
Akshay replied to Grylls and said, “I wasn’t worried. I was too excited to be worried. For Ayurvedic reasons, I’ve had cow’s urine every day. So, this was okay.”
Sometime during or after the 2011 Canadian federal election, the Conservative government granted Canadian citizenship to Kumar by invoking a little-known law that allowed circumventing the usual residency requirement for Canadian immigrants.
The National Post reported last year, that according to a former Conservative Party minister, Tony Clement, the citizenship was awarded in return for Kumar’s offer of putting his “star power to use to advance Canada-Indian relations,” and Canada’s “trade relations, commercial relations, in the movie sector, in the tourism sector.” Although Kumar had earlier appeared in a campaign event for Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Brampton, Ontario, a city with a large Indo-Canadian population, and praised Harper, Clement denied that the citizenship was a reward for partisan support.
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