Mumbai: Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar attended a National Karate Championship award function organised for kids over the weekend.
Kumar who himself is a trained martial art fighter, believes that there are a lot of hidden and budding talent in India who are unable to come to the forefront because of monetary constraints and lack of proper platform to rise to the highest level.
“It was because of the love for martial arts, I entered the film industry. It was because of the film industry I could be a part of organising India’s biggest Karate championship here. The students, you can see here, have come from all over India. This year we received around 55,000 applications in comparison to 33,000 last year. We have invited around 4500 students here and have given them a platform to showcase their talent,” said Kumar.
The best five kids of the competition would be sent to Japan to take part in an international tournament.
“I would select three to four students and send them to Japan for the international tournament,” said Kumar.