Akshay Kumar Runs For Winter Olympic Torch Relay In Minus Eight Degrees
Bollywood star Akshay Kumar ran for Winter Olympic torch relay in minus eight degrees. The actor during the event announced his plans to make a cross-cultural film on Canada with ice hockey as the theme.
The ‘Singh is King’ hero while participating the torch relay race for the 2010 Winter Olympics to be held in Vancouver said, "I love ice hockey, and I am in the processing making this film. I will start work on it next year.”
But he could not complete the 300-metre torch run as protesters opposing the staging of the Olympics blocked the race. Since ice hockey is very popular among all Canadians, Akshay said he wants to show how this game has bridged cultural differences between different people.
Hinting that he might also make a Punjabi film, he said,"I am Punjabi and I love the language. I have just done a small role in a Punjabi film, and I won't rule out any film in the future.''
Akshay who possesses permanent residence status of Canada said it is “like a second home to me. I love Canada. Though the weather here is cold, people are very warm.''
The actor who made his first visit to Canada in 1995 said the connection with country has deepened in due course. He said, “Seven-eight of my films have been shot in Toronto and Vancouver, and six of them have done very well. So I have special connections with this country.”
Thanking Canada for inviting him to run with the Olympic torch, he said, "It is a dream come true. I am honoured and privileged to have been selected as an official torchbearer for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic torch relay. I would like to thank Canadians for this honour and recognition.”
He also expressed his happiness about Toronto hosting the 'Bollywood Oscars' in 2012. "I am very happy that the event is coming to Toronto. It will be a great honour for Canada.'' However, the actor was not happy with his films in 2009 saying “this year three to four films (of mine) didn't do that well.''
Later in the evening he ran with the Olympic torch on the famous Yonge Street in the heart of Toronto in bone-chilling winter. Even the minus eight-degree temperature failed to deter people as thousands lined up both sides of the street to have a glimpse of the star. Akshay was one of the international torch-bearers selected by the Olympic organizing committee.