love story: Ajit Solanki/AP, File Tom Blackwell May 13, 20198 06 AM EDTFiled Share this story Canadian passport sparks controversy for Modi-supporting 'Brad Pitt of Bollywood' Tumblr Pinterest Google Linked InAs a Bollywood super-star, Akshay Kumar has had one patriotic role after another in recent years, according to CBC. He's played Indian military men, a sports star and even an advocate for the current government's hygiene campaign in a film called Toilet A Love Story. After I retire from this industry, I'm going to come back here and stay here. The growth of Kumar's India-first persona has conveniently paralleled the 2014 election of Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party BJP with its Hindu nationalist overtones. But then an inconvenient fact challenged the star's nationalist credentials under pressure, Kumar admitted that he had traded in his Indian citizenship for a Canadian passport. The actor's ties to the party were cemented last month when he conducted a televised, softball interview with Modi himself, the prime minister being in the thick of a hard-fought election campaign. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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