- Akshay's National Award win was questioned by many on social media
- 'Take it back if you want,' he said in an earlier press interaction
- Akshay is currently awaiting the release of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha
Akshay Kumar's National Award win was questioned by many people on social media and was attributed to his proximity with filmmaker Priyadarshan, the chairperson of the feature film section for the National Film Awards. Akshay has worked with director Priyadarshan in films like Bhagam Bhag, Bhool Bhulaiyaa and Garam Masala.
In an earlier press interaction, the Airlift actor lashed out at critics and said, "I've been hearing it for past 25 years, whenever someone wins there is some discussion around it. This is not new. Someone or the other always creates a controversy. 'He shouldn't have won, the other person should have.' It's okay. I've won this after 26 years, agar woh bhi aapka mann kare toh le lo (take it back if you feel like it)," reported PTI.
(With PTI inputs)