Akshay Kumar leaves for London after casting 1st vote as Indian citizen in Lok Sabha elections; Dimple Kapadia joins him | Bollywood - Hindustan Times

Akshay Kumar leaves for London after casting 1st vote as Indian citizen in Lok Sabha elections; Dimple Kapadia joins him

By | Edited by Sanya
May 20, 2024 01:57 PM IST

Akshay Kumar was spotted with his mother-in-law, Dimple Kapadia, as they headed to London. He cast his vote in Mumbai today during Lok Sabha elections 2024.

Akshay Kumar voted early on Monday morning during Lok Sabha elections 2024 after getting his Indian citizenship last year; the actor earlier had Canadian citizenship. Hours later, he was spotted at Mumbai airport with his mother-in-law, actor Dimple Kapadia. As per a report by Pinkvilla, the two were headed to London. Also read | Lok Sabha 2024 elections: Overjoyed Akshay Kumar casts vote for the first time after getting Indian citizenship. Watch

Akshay leaves with Dimple Kapadia at Mumbai airport on Monday.
Akshay leaves with Dimple Kapadia at Mumbai airport on Monday.

Akshay was dressed in the same green shirt outfit that he cast his vote in on Monday morning; while Dimple, who is the mother of Akshay's wife Twinkle Khanna, was in a black and white airport look.

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Akshay casts vote after getting Indian citizenship

Akshay Kumar was among the early voters in Mumbai. Akshay, who became an Indian citizen last year, spoke to reporters and urged people to go out and vote. Akshay said in Hindi, "I want my India to be developed and strong. I voted, keeping that in mind. India should vote for what it deems right... I think voter turnout will be good (in Mumbai)..." 

When asked about casting vote for the first time after getting his Indian citizenship, the actor said, “This is great! I am feeling very good!”


Akshay got Indian citizenship in 2023

Earlier in August 2023, Akshay had shared a picture of his government documents, and tweeted. “Dil aur citizenship, dono Hindustani (Heart and citizenship, both Indian). Happy Independence Day! Jai Hind.”

About getting his Indian citizenship, the actor told ANI in 2023, “For 9 to 10 years I didn't go there. It's a very nice place and one of my best friends is there. I decided that I should take my citizenship. It was just a coincidence that I had received a letter on 15th August that I had got citizenship. But it is not just a passport, it is your mind, it is your heart, it's your soul that has to be Indian. What is the point if I do have an Indian passport but my soul mind and heart are not Indian?”

Akshay Kumar on Canadian citizenship

Akshay had applied for Canadian citizenship in the 1990s after over a dozen of his films failed at the box office in a row. The actor renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2019; however, the process took a long time to complete due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Akshay told ANI in 2023, “I became a Canadian because my films were not doing well at one time and I gave 13 to 14 flop films. At that time, my friend used to live in Canada and he said you come here and we will work on something. My friend had offered me that we would do cargo business together. I said okay my films are also not going well and a person has to work, no matter where he is.”

He added, "When I started living in Toronto, I got a Canadian passport. In between that, two films were left for release. After the two movies got released it became a big superhit. I told him that I was going back. Then I got more films and reached here today. But I never thought people got a hold of it, it was just a travel document. I just pay my taxes, and I am the highest taxpayer."

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