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An 'apolitical' interview of NaMo by 'Khatron Ka Khiladi'
If you are a Modi Bhakt, it would be quite easier for you to believe that our beloved Pradhan Mantri was a chaiwala once as he often proudly declares himself. And here is an interesting coincidence of parallel life trajectories of an actor on screen Akshay Kumar – the interviewer and the Prime Minister – the interviewed, in the middle of a curious election campaign.

According to the available information, Akshay Kumar was originally named Rajiv Bhatia born to Punjabi parents in Amritsar, Punjab, He spent early days of his life in Chandni Chowk, Delhi and later moved to Mumbai with his family from where he did his schooling. After school, he went to college and decided to drop out of college and moved to Bangkok to learn martial arts. He wanted to get more advanced training, but his financial status could only allow him to go to Bangkok. To survive in Bangkok, he worked as a waiter and a chef. Those were his days of struggle.

Fortunately or unfortunately, I've never seen a film of Amir Khan, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan or even Akshay Kumar. I can cite a lot of excuses and the very relevant one is that I've not seen any film of Amitabh Bachchan also. My favorite artists were Dilip Kumar, Devanand, Gurudat and Raj Kapoor. I have read in magazines that Akshay Kumar is an Indian born Canadian actor and he had  appeared in over a hundred films and won several awards, including the National Film Award for the Best Actor for his performance in Rustom (2016), and two Filmfare Awards for Ajnabee (2001) and Garam Masala (2005). He had begun his acting career in the 1990s and primarily starred in action films. Later, Kumar also gained fame for his drama, romantic and comic roles.

His film 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' was released in 2017. This film depicted the serious of issue of Toilets in certain regions of the country. Akshay's performance was praised. He had to dig a toilet in Madhya Pradesh to promote the film. PM Modi had praised the film as a good effort to further the message of cleanliness.

In the last week, Akshay Kumar was in the news for his interview with the Prime Minister of India. He began the interview by saying that he was going to have an apolitical interview. It was an interesting piece of immature journalism as he asked plethora of silly questions like NaMo's pattern of eating mangoes; his bank balance; his process of dealing with cold and his wish from djinn of Aladdin's lamp. There were some relevant questions also like the sleep hours of Prime Minister or his desire for becoming PM. There were some incisive question like PM's anger management. The most irritating and sycophantic question to me was Akshay Kuma inquiring the Pradhan Sevak about the valuable things held by him and the worst one was about the style of wearing watch. It was a poor jibe of flattery.

The tragedy of these mediocres of creative mediums is they underestimate the intelligence quotient of average Indian. His interview was a shabby trick of distraction in the cloak of 'apolitical genre'. Through his interview he did unsuccessfully tried to persuade the suffering masses to forget about the real problems of everyday life. Let us forget about the burning issues like Absence of Jobs, Unemployment, Poverty, Demonetisation, GST, Rafael, Corruption, Women safety. In the laughing zones of lush green turfs and power arches, the Lynching's of innocents, the Communalisation of entire society, the killing of army Jawans are no more pertinent issues worth consideration. The fear of majoritarianism that hangs over the heads of minorities is non-existent. Prime Minister is NOT to be questioned on these fronts. What is the relevance of the personal life of the Prime Minister away from the Political life.We know almost every detail of his broken family life; his photo-ops when he visits his mother to seek her blessing.

He has tried to present the picture of Prime Minister as You rather seemed to display the Bhakt in you and use your celebrity status to strengthen and continue the Bhakt narrative around the Prime Minister. You wanted to show the Prime Minister as a simple humble and saintly person who couldn't even afford to buy mangoes; a great sacrificing spirit who had left family for doing something great for the nation.

I was so shocked to see the person holding the position of a Prime Minister of the greatest democracy upon earth bringing into question the friendly gesture of Mumta Banerji's personal gifts. It was a new low!

As I was tired up with the pampering demo, my memory screened was brightened uo with a human interest story that appeared in March 2009, Lakme Fashin Week when Akshay Kumar got his pants UNBUTTONED with the assistance of him wife before the public. Of course Akshay was in trouble after this act! The Bombay High Court had asked the police to go ahead and prosecute Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar and his wife Twinkle Khanna in the obscenity case registered in connection with Lakme Fashion Week 2009. It was interesting that the secretary of an event management company was discharged from the case.

Earlier, Vivek Oberoi had stepped into the shoes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his biopic, titled PM Narendra Modi and I feel that even the choice of hero of now film in limbo  was very unimpressive and controversial and I've written about it in Merinews recently.

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