So the film everyone’s been waiting for has finally released. 2.0 has hit the screens and is expected to cross the 100 crore mark across all languages on the first day itself.

But while Akshay Kumar’s role in the film has been much appreciated, did you know that he was based on an actual person, called Salim Ali?

Salim Ali (1896 – 1987) was one of the most famous ornithologists (bird specialists) in India, who was born and brought up in Mumbai. His contribution to the science has been such that he is lovingly called the Birdman Of India now.

There are many research centre with his name all over India. The real ‘Pakshi Raaja’ won Padma Bhushan for his contributions and he died in 1987 due to cancer.