Mumbai: Akshay Kumar expressed his opinion against the negatives of human society and has even suggested ways of tackling them. Just recently, his suggestion of making an internet portal to produce direct donations to martyred soldiers’ families was delivered to life following the government extended its full support.
The ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ app and website are currently live and also have received an excellent response.
You had don’t forget how, almost last year, Akshay had voiced his anxiety about the ill situation of stuntmen and stuntwomen in the film industry. Through an open letter, he started a discussion around establishing a secured and insured environment for those brave hearts.
In support of stuntbuddies: Akshay Kumar pens an open letter
To all the stuntmen and women out there, I just heard another great international stuntman, who has actually worked in my own industry, and was going to come and train with me has sadly passed away. I not only believe you all should be winning Oscars or Indian awards for your incredible work, in my eyes, you should also be acknowledged globally for saving our lives and the credibility of our films. It pains me, because I know the one expert that an actor/actress can’t live without, during their shoot, is their stuntbuddy. Hadn’t it been for your unbelievable hard work and amazing talent that make our movies look good and help us earn so much, we would be mourning the death of so many actors/actresses.
Instead, the stunt community is quietly mourning the ones they’ve lost, be it by accident, injury or fatality on the sets of award-winning films over the years. I know winning an award still isn’t enough for what you all painfully go through for these million-dollar projects, but it would be a small start. Sadly, the fraternity is barely even honouring you with that. I just want you to know, coming from a stuntman/actor like myself, I admire, respect, honour and am eternally grateful for everything that you all do. My children still have their father in one piece because there is always someone prepared to take the fall that I may not be able to. To all the stuntmen and women I have ever worked alongside, around the world, you are always in my and my family’s prayers. You deserve so much more than just a wage packet, and I hope I live long enough to see a change in that. I know that in my 25-yearlong career nothing much has changed! But it will, and I will try and make sure of that… Till then Thank You and take great care. Good luck with the fight for your rights… RIP to all those who have lost their lives.
Love & Prayers
AK the Actor/AK the stuntman…
The actor’s concern sparks from his interest in performing his very own stunts. He understands the dangers and risks involved in this kind of work. And from now on, his efforts regarding the upliftment of the sector have paid down.
The insurance scheme has become in position and certainly will cover 380 stuntmen and women amongst the age bracket of 18 to 55.
Ejaz Gulab, the overall secretary of Movie Stunt Artist Association, approached many insurance providers and producers for help but was sent off with no second thoughts, since nobody was interested in insuring stuntmen.
This scheme has been devised by Akshay and famous cardiac surgeon Dr Ramakanta Panda. In case of injury on sets, the stuntman may be covered for? 6 lakhs in almost 4000 hospitals, through a cashless setup. Within the case of death, a sum of? 10 lakhs are likely to be directed at the stuntman’s family.
This can be a one of a kind scheme and it has come to life after numerous failed attempts. All because of Akshay, the ongoing future of 380 women and men lies secured.