Akshay Kumar found himself surrounded by backlash for not voting during the Lok Sabha Election in Mumbai. While the actor leaves no stone unturned in terms of patriotism and spreading awareness for the betterment of the country his choice to remain a Canadian ‘citizen’ has upset many fans.
In the light of the matter, many reports came up that also suggest Akshay was not offered a ‘Honorary Citizenship’ but he filed for one himself. He hasn’t confirmed or denied the claim yet, but India does have 7 celebrities who have been honoured with a citizenship by other countries.
Amitabh Bachchan who has many honours to his name was conferred with the Honorary Citizenship of the French town of Deauville in 2003
Yash Chopra who warmed audiences all over the world, especially Switzerland, has a lake named after him and even has a special statue to remember his contributions to cinema. Needless to say that he was also an honorary citizen of Switzerland.
Late comedian Kader Khan who featured in more than 300 films over the years has been loved and admired for his contribution to cinema everywhere. The actor was bestowed the honorary citizenship of Houston in 2007.
Lata Mangeshkar, who is an icon in the field of Indian music and international music space, was honoured as the citizen of The Republic of Surinam, South America in 1980. Later, in 1987, she was presented with the Honorary Citizenship of United States in Houston, Texas.
Anupam Kher has made India proud with his contribution to the international roles in films and television became the honorary citizen of Texas, USA after being conferred with a “Senate Proclamation” in 2015.
Pankaj Udhas, back in 1996, was bestowed the honorary citizenship of Lubbock Texas, USA as he was profoundly loved for his music over the years.
Mallika Sherawat went international after she became part of the film ‘Hisss’ and quickly became the first Indian to be bestowed with an honorary citizenship of Los Angeles, U.S.A in 2009.