The Reel Life ‘Jawaans’ Who Wanted to Be Soldiers in Real Life

Akshay Kumar

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Patriotism runs in his blood. Born to a military officer, Akshay Kumar always wanted to serve in the armed forces. The actor has always been a fitness enthusiast and has also set up an online initiative, Bharat Ke Veer where one can make contributions towards families of courageous soldiers, who laid down their lives for protecting the country. The closest Akshay got to being an army officer was playing a naval officer in Rustom and an army officer in Holiday and Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyon.


Shah Rukh Khan


The King Khan of Bollywood was born in a family of freedom fighters and he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps. Destiny veered its course and he landed in Mumbai to be an actor. In 1989 in his debut TV series Fauji he played the role of an Indian soldier. Though not unbroken, the stint continued with parts in films like Army (1996) and Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012).

Nimrat Kaur


Nimrat Kaur aspired to serve in the army just like her father. For her, wearing the olive green uniform was a matter of pride but soon she realised it wasn’t an easy task. Witnessing her father’s life at close quarters with all the intense training and the hardships, made her change her mind. Nimrat recently wrapped up the shoot for the web-series, The Test Case where she is playing the role of Shikha Sharma, an army officer. She took to Twitter to share her immortal love for the armed forces:

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

thequint2017-122e4bc84c-9236-4159-a738-4f2ac1a61b99c0a99725-14fa-49b2-b531-95398fda3aadThe proudest moment for our former Indian Cricket team captain wasn’t winning the World Cup in 2011. Rather it was when he accepted the position of Lieutenant Colonel in Parachute Regiment. In an interview with a newspaper, Dhoni admitted being fascinated about joining the armed forces since childhood. As a kid he loved to read about weapons, combats and tanks. Dhoni has always allegedly told his wife that she is the third most important person in his life, the first two positions being that of his country followed by his parents.

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