Akshay Kumar was given the option of being a clean-shaven Sardar, but he decided against the idea of being beardless and actually grew one for the role. Though Bollywood has in the past shown Sikh characters without beards, Akshay's rationale was that a beard of a Sikh is one of the five sacred insignia of his religion. However, veteran actor Om Puri had other ideas and had to forego the beard in Singh Is King, but all for a valid reason. "Like Amit ji my face is allergic to beards. I get rashes from facial hair. So, I played the character with all the other mandatory requirements except the beard," he says. Hopefully, the 'beard' won't come in the way of the film's fate at the box office.