Sooryavanshi actor, Akshay Kumar is among the first celebrities who always comes forward to help whenever the country is in crisis. Last year, he donated Rs 25 crore to PM CARES Fund for coronavirus relief and Rs 2 crore to Mumbai Police Foundation. He had also donated Rs 1 crore each to the Assam Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and Kaziranga Park rescue mission when the state was affected by floods.
And this year during the second wave of coronavirus, he donated to Gautam Gambhir Foundation, donated oxygen cylinders with wife, Twinkle Khanna and provided ration to Bollywood dancers.
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) April 24, 2021
And now we have learnt that, Akshay Kumar has been paying for group personal accident insurance and mediclaim policies of 550 members of the Movie Stunt Artistes Association for last 10 years. They have thanked him for renewing these ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited policies for another consecutive year again.
Akshay Kumar is known to do most of his action himself and has a special place in the hearts for those, who daringly risk their lives to make the lead actor look good on screen. Even the stuntsmen and fighters in Indian film industry consider him as a hero!
Aejaz Gulab, general secretary of the association that looks after all artistes, duplicates and fighters doing stunt and action work in films, was working with Akshay on Once Upon A Time In Mumbai in 2010. They talked about the work Aejaz did and the dangerous life he led. “Akshay Sir asked me if we were covered by insurance. I said we were not. We had tried. But the insurance companies turned us down because we were high risk individuals. Or to discourage us they quoted high premiums that we could not manage.” he said to Peepingmoon.
Akshay reportedly assured Aejaz that he would look into this. The actor was as good as his word. He organised group accident and mediclaim insurance policies for an incredible 550 members of the Movie Stunt Artistes Association and has been paying their premiums since then. “I don’t know how he did it, what strings he pulled, how much goodwill he exercised, but all our members working in Bollywood are covered by insurance now,” Aejaz said. “For us, Akshay Sir is Superman! He has got a big heart, nothing is impossible for him.”
Fight master Abbas Ali Moghul said action comes easy for Akshay. His techniques are perfect. He takes every precaution. Not just for himself but everybody on the set. He goes into the minutest detail. “In Khiladi 420 (2000) we shot a scene where Akshay Sir’s character had to stand on a plane 1,000 feet mid-air. I was following in a chopper. He did it himself. For such death-defying stunts the duplicate artistes are paid Rs. 50,000-75,000 extra by the producer. Akshay Sir, after doing these stunts, collects that money and hands it over to the duplicate who ought to have been taking his place.”
Akshay Kumar will be next seen in Sooryavanshi and Bellbottom, both films are awaiting release. The actor is expected to start the shoot of Ram Setu, as soon as the lockdown restrictions are lifted.