Akshay Kumar carried the Vancouver Winter Olympic torch on Toronto's Yonge Street on December 17 at the invitation of the Canadian government.
Soon after his run, Ajit Jain caught up with Kumar.
What made you accept the invitation?
I am honoured to have carried the torch on behalf of all my fans across the world. It is a great honour for India. Olympics are a symbol of peace in all continents. What statesmen and politicians cannot do, major sporting events like the Olympics can accomplish. These games bring athletes from over 150 countries together and it means a lot to me.
How was it running on the streets of Toronto?
I loved it. Toronto is my second home. It has given me so much love. Carrying the Olympic torch is my way of reciprocating the love to my Canadian fans. It is a bonus for me that I have family in Toronto.
How did you feel when the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper met you in Mumbai and invited you?
It was a great feeling. There were so many children present at the occasion. Children always bring joy and enrich our lives. It reminded me of my own childhood. Children have all kinds of dreams. I know that from my own experience. So I must say it was a great feeling to see those children present who came to greet me.
Image: Akshay Kumar