Akshay Kumar, a Bollywood actor, gained Indian citizenship on August 15, 2023.
He expressed his joy on Twitter, sharing a photo of his Indian citizenship papers.
Born in Amritsar, Punjab, India, Kumar moved to Canada in the 1990s due to career struggles.
In 2000, he became a naturalized Canadian citizen, while maintaining his emotional ties to India.
Allegations of hypocrisy arose as Kumar promoted patriotism in films while holding a Canadian passport.
Kumar defended his dual citizenship, explaining it was for his children's education.
He applied for Indian citizenship in 2019, but the process was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On August 15, 2023, Kumar's Indian citizenship was granted, and he renounced his Canadian citizenship.
Kumar's transition signifies his dedication to India and its growth, impacting the debate on patriotism in Bollywood.
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