Veteran actor Manoj Kumar is happy that superstars Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan are taking forward his legacy. The actor nicknamed Bharat Kumar, is very happy to see of two of today’s superstars: Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan are playing heroes who can bring about a social awakening.

81 year old actor says Akshay is doing the kind of films that he brings about a change in society. It is a type of cinema that he believes in. Salman on the other hand will do a film named Bharat, a character immortalised by Manoj Kumar in a number of his hit flicks such as ‘Upkar’, ‘Purab Aur Paschim’ and ‘Roti Kapda aur Makaan’.

“It’s not as if I had any copyright claims over the name Bharat. Anyone and everyone is Bharat. I am happy that superstars like Salman and Akshay are playing heroes who can bring about a social awakening, a new dawn, naya Bharat,” Manoj said. (Also Check: Watch: Salman Khan spotted at Mahesh Bhatt’s office. Is a movie on the cards?)

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He further added that, in the late 1970s, he wanted to make a film titled ‘Naya Bharat’ with himself and Rajesh Khanna. In the present times he feels the movie can be made with Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar.

“If you are sincere to your work, and if you are sincere in your desire to bring about change in society, the audience will embrace your efforts. I see an honesty in Salman and Akshay’s work that cannot go unrewarded,” said the veteran, who wants to direct another film soon.