Chat Akshay Kumar says stars are being judged only by their box office returns
He is one actor in the Hindi film industry whom you can’t imagine playing villain. But put this to Akshay Kumar and he retorts: “ Janaab, aap mujhe jaante hi kitna hai !” The guy seems to be living Shoaib, the character he is portraying in the sequel of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai. So much so that sources say his marketing team refused permission for an event in Delhi where he had to distribute certificates to some meritorious kids. “The team felt that only the negative side needs to be highlighted,” says the source. Akshay says it is not that he has become a villain in real life but marketing sometimes demand such strategy so that people identify with the character.
“I had played a negative character once before in Ajnabee. I was successful with that, but the thing is in our industry writers don’t often write negative roles for heroes. It is a rare occasion where a dark character is written for me and I can assure you that I have played the negative role with honesty. Also, I was looking for a change after doing a lot of comedy films.”
He says it is one film he will preserve on his shelf. “There are certain films which I myself don’t like to watch but I will keep the DVD of this film with pride.”
First, Shah Rukh Khan and now Akshay, it seems our stars have booked all the festivals for themselves leaving the audience with no other option at the box office. “I think it is fair to demand big opening for your film for these days stars are not being judged by the media by their acting. They have to give an account of the business their film has done. If a film stops at 90 crores, it is called a flop without looking into the input cost,” says Akshay seeking a greater awareness about film business.