Mumbai: Khiladi Akshay Kumar takes a spiritual route with his new film ‘Oh My God’. The actor, who has been consistent with the genres of action and comedy, feels that his new film which talks about the existence of the Almighty has changed his perception about God. Akshay insists that after shooting for ‘OMG’, he has come to believe that religion and faith are two different things.
Emphasising more the actor said, “I visit temples, churches, mosques, gurdwaras, caves and cliffs in search of enlightenment. At these places, I feel pure as I know I’m surrounded by people who have come to pray.”
So, what does God mean to him? Akshay said, “For me, if God is everywhere, then why spend lakhs to visit religious places in hope that God will acknowledge your devotion more? Why am I paying to worship him when I can give feed helpless children? Remember what mandir means: ‘mann’ means heart, ‘andar’ means inside, God is inside me; my temple is where my heart is.”
Asked if he would give the same education to his son Aarav, the actor said, “I’m not a preacher. When it comes to my son Aarav, I believe in letting him learn things on his own.”
Speaking about his assorted upbringing and secular standing, Akki said, “I was born to Punjabi parents, am married to a spiritual wife, I studied at a Catholic school, trained in martial arts in a Buddhist country; some of my best friends are Muslims; my day is organised by a Parsi (manager); I’m fed by a Marathi cook. Now tell me, what exactly should I teach my son? It is up to Aarav what he believes in, as long as he believes in me."
First Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 10:34