BMC short film starring Akshay Kumar stuck in tussle between Uddhav Thackeray, CM Fadnavis

Sanjay Sawant

Apr,06 2016 15:46:41 IST

Not many of us know that Airlift star Akshay Kumar has been doing social work regularly without talking about it to the media.

Recently, he shot a short film on the risks of hyper tension and high BP without charging a rupee. However, before it could see the light of day, the politics behind the film got in the way. A BMC health scheme was supposed to start operating from 7 April, which is also World Health Day, along with a screening of the film, but now its inauguration will happen only from May, sources have confirmed.

Sources from BMC have additionally revealed that the health department has found increased symptoms of high BP and hyper tension in Mumbai. Youth between the age group of 25 to 40 years have the above stated symptoms due to a fast-paced lifestyle and preference of junk food. Almost 30 % of Mumbai's youth suffer from High BP and hyper tension. The short film helmed by Akshay Kumar highlights these issues.

Akshay Kumar. Image from Reuters

Akshay Kumar. Image from Reuters

Not only has Kumar not charged a single rupee from BMC, well-known director Rajkumar Hirani did four minutes of the film free of cost. The short film will be telecast in all theaters and channels starting May, even though it was originally supposed to be revealed on April 4, at Taj Lands End in Mumbai.

Sources close to Akshay confirmed the last minute changed the program, and it is also learnt that the actor will be flying abroad for his new film for three weeks. We attempted to reach Akshay Kumar but there was no response.

It is reportedly the unavailability of time from CM Devendra Fadanvis and Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeary which is the main reason for the 'Jaan Bachao' health campaign being postponed. Earlier, both leaders were ready for the inaguration on Monday 4 April, but then later stated that it was not suitable for them. Insiders have further revealed that the tussle between Sena and BJP has been increasing day by day and this is the reason why both leaders have avoided the same platform.

The spark between both the parties started after Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s remarks on Sunday, where he stated that the BJP is out to finish the Sena.

The BJP, on the other hand, is convinced that the Sena does not want the alliance to continue for the Mumbai civic polls and is paving way for a split ahead of 2017, even at the cost of the government crumbling. In fact, on Monday both parties decided to fight the elections in the city separately.

Talking to Firstpost, Additional Commissioner of BMC, Sanjay Deshmukh, who is in charge of the health department, said the the short film on youth lifestyle is postponed, but will be opened in due course of time.

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar is the latest celebrity to step forward and help the drought-struck farmers of Marathwada, after actor Nana Patekar established Naam Foundation. Kumar has pledged Rs 90 lakhs to the cause. Akshay has decided to contribute Rs 15 lakhs a month, for six consecutive months.

However, the tussle between the CM and Uddhav has resulted in Akshay's short film for the BMC health campaign to be postponed by three weeks.

Updated Date: Apr 06, 2016 16:00 PM