Celebs & Cricketers Who Would Have Loved to Be ‘Jawaans’

The Armed Forces Flag Week was celebrated across the nation from December 1- December 7. The Flag Day of India is a day dedicated to India towards collection of funds from people of India for the welfare of the Indian Armed Forces personnel.

Bollywood took to social media to thank the armed forces for their sacrifices and for protecting the country at all times. The Indian cricket team on the other hand wore badges of honour during the third test match against Sri Lanka.

Many Bollywood celebrities and cricketers nurtured the desire to serve in the Indian army but fate had something else in store for them. What the Bollywood actors could not achieve in real life, they managed in reel life. They evidently grabbed the opportunities that came their way to essay characters of armed forces officials in films. While the players made up for the missed opportunity by making India proud with their game. Here’s looking at them.

Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar donning the avatar of an army officer.

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. The actor also took to Twitter to pay respects to deceased soldiers on the occasion of Armed Forces Flag Day.

Shah Rukh Khan

SRK’s dream was to serve the Indian National Army.

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). Shah Rukh explained his reverence for the armed forces in an interview with NDTV:

Shah Rukh Khan, in an interview with NDTV “I wanted to join the Army. Every youngster should have that desire in their hearts. I really wanted to get into the army, for the sports part of it, for the physical part of it, and fighting — not fighting, but protecting your nation more than anything else. I think army men, jawaans and everyone in the armed forces does a great job. I could not, for various reasons, and if we have some time or the other, I would recount that. For me, it was the greatest moment of my life that I could play actor Fauji at least, when I did the soap Fauji. I feel it was one of the greatest moments of my life and always will remain so, ki main agar asli mein nahi ban saka, toh kahin na kahin dil behlaane ke liye kuchh army-jawaan jaisa kaam toh kar saka. It’s the greatest job in the world to be able to protect your nation.”

The star also celebrated the valour of the armed forces on Twitter:

Nimrat Kaur

Nimrat comes from a defence background and dreamed of being an army officer.

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:

Rannvijay Singha

Fitness aficionado and VJ turned actor Rannvijay has incessantly expressed his passion for the armed forces. He hails from a family that has served the armed forces for five generations and if it wasn’t for the TV show MTV Roadies, the actor would have done the same. All the rigour of the tasks in the show must have somehow made up for his deferred aspirations.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

MS Dhoni is a Lieutenant Colonel in Parachute Regiment.

The 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.

Gautam Gambhir

If it wasn’t for cricket, Gautam Gambhir wanted to serve the army.

The Indian cricketer has always expressed his views openly about joining the army. The cricketer also initiated a Foundation, which takes care of the education expenses of the children of martyred soldiers in the Sukma Maoist attack in Chattisgarh. He may not equate his real life job with that of his desired job, but we may agree that he has served the country in his own inimitable way.

On the occassion of the Armed Forces Flag Day some other celebrities also took to Twitter to thank and salute the armed forces for their sacrifices and support. Have a look here:

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