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Watch: Akshay shares childhood incident to raise concern about student suicides - Deccan Chronicle

May 3, 2017, 7:19 pm IST

He expressed anger about student suicides and emphasised on the importance of sharing problems with close ones.

                Screengrab from the video.

Mumbai: It would not be wrong to say that Akshay Kumar has been among the most vocal supporters of social causes in recent times from Bollywood. While his massive contribution to the families of martyred soldiers have made headlines, he has gone one step ahead by launching his ‘dream’, an app which makes it easier to make donations to the families of the soldiers, last month.

The superstar has also been using the platform of social media brilliantly and expressing his views on various topics of social interest in videos.

He had vented his anger on the mass molestation incident that had taken place in Bengaluru few months back and also highlighted the problem of lack of toilets in the country.

The actor has now raised the issue of suicides committed by students in his latest video.

Akshay, starting off about his recent National Award win, talks about an incident in his childhood where he had once failed in his exams and he was scared to go back home for the fear of being beaten up by his parents.

His father was very understanding and asked him about his interests and when Akshay told about his love for sports, his father was very supportive and let him pursue his interests.
That freedom allowed him to go from a ‘khiladi’ to try martial arts, modelling and eventually becoming an actor and a ‘Khiladi’.

Akshay feels disappointed hearing about the suicides of IIT students and management graduates and said it was sad that 8 lac people in the world commit suicide every year, out of which 1.5 lac were from India. He feels it was foolish to people to think that their lives were cheaper than an examination marksheet and don’t value the importance of life due to the stress associated with studies.

He also criticised parents who themselves were busy with their lives because of which the children can’t confide in them about their problems.

He goes on to say that it was important not to hold on to all the negative thoughts and share them with your close ones. He also stressed that taking the help of doctors and counsellors for stress was extremely important so that it could stop people from taking the extreme step.

On the professional front, Akshay will next be seen in ‘Toilet – Ek Prem Katha.’