Actor Akshay Kumar launched an insurance scheme for the registered stunt directors in 2017. The family of deceased stunt director Abdul Sattar Munna has received a compensation of Rs 20 lakh under the same scheme. Now, the actor has been asked to help those stunt choreographers who are above 55 years of age and therefore, aren’t eligible to have insurance in their name. A daily has reported that Aejaz Gulab, general secretary, Movie Stunt Artistes Association, has approached the actor seeking help in providing medical insurance for the senior stunt directors and they are hoping a ‘miracle’ from Akshay’s end.
Akshay, who’s himself known as the action-hero of the film industry, had launched the insurance scheme following the death of a stunt director. The same scheme has helped the family of stunt choreographer Abdul, who passed away two years back while travelling to the set of a Malayalam film. Talking about the same, Aejaz told Mid-Day, “Two years ago, getting compensation of Rs 20 lakh for a stuntman’s family was impossible. But Akshay sir stepped in and procured accident insurance policies and medi-claim insurance for the 550 stuntmen registered with us. He even pays our premium.”
He explained the problem, “Insurance companies only cover those between 18 to 55 years of age. The benefit is not extended to those above the age bracket. If something were to happen to any of them at work, we wouldn’t be able to raise enough money via donations to support their families. In most cases, they are the sole breadwinners in the family. It’s a double whammy for them — while the younger stuntmen are receiving cashless treatment, the senior ones are either letting go of good work since they don’t have medical cover or going to work with risk looming large over them.”
Aejaz added that he met Akshay on Friday, March 29, and they had a discussion. He said he is hopeful the actor will help them to the best of his capabilities.