Akshay Kumar with Mother Aruna Bhatia
Akshay Kumar with Mother Aruna Bhatia

Earlier in the week, Akshay Kumar, his wife Twinkle Khanna, and daughter Nitara returned back to London following the passing of their mother Aruna Bhatia. Aruna Bhatia, the mother of Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, passed away on September 8 in Mumbai. His fans and industry friends have been posting condolences on social media since the news broke.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, amongst others, sent a long note expressing condolences to Akshay and his family. In a social media post on Sunday, Akshay thanked PM Modi for the amazing gesture by sharing the letter.

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In an elaborate letter following the death of actor mom, PM Modi wrote: “My dear Akshay, It was best if I would never have written such a letter. In an ideal world, such a time should never have come. I was saddened by the demise of your Mother, Smt. Aruna Bhatia. When I spoke to you that fateful morning, you were crestfallen and you encapsulated it emotionally when you wrote, “She was my core. And today I feel an unbreakable pain at the very core of my existence.”

You tasted success after much hard work and struggle. You have built a name and achieved fame for yourself through your determination and tenacity. Through your journey, you retained the right values and moral strength due to which you could easily turn adversities into opportunities. And these learnings came from your parents. When you began your career, I am sure people on the way would have been sceptical, even outright condescending. But, your Mother stood with you like a rock. At the peak of success and the lows of failure, she was there as an anchor. She ensured you remained kind, compassionate and humble at all times. She also instilled a spirit of service in you, seen repeatedly through your philanthropic initiatives and eagerness to give back to society.

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What is heartening is that during her life, she saw you scale new heights of success and stardom. The manner in which you took care of her is deeply inspiring. She left the world knowing fully well that her beloved son is one of India’s most admired and versatile actors. In such times of grief, words seldom do justice. Preserve her memories and legacy, and keep making her proud. In this tragic hour, my thoughts are with you and your family. Om Shanti.”

It was Akshay who tweeted and informed about the sad news of his mother’s passing. In a tweet, he said, “She was my core. And today I feel an unbearable pain at the very core of my existence. My maa Smt Aruna Bhatia peacefully left this world today morning and got reunited with my dad in the other world. I respect your prayers as I and my family go through this period. Om Shanti.”

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