Films are meant for enjoyment, says Akshay Kumar
Mumbai: Starting as an out-and-out action hero, Akshay Kumar went ahead and experimented with various genres of cinema. Right from family dramas to thrillers to comedies, you name it and he has done it all with great élan.
The actor, who is currently promoting his upcoming release ‘Khatta Meetta’, is quite excited about the film. Talking to a news daily about the movie and the mystery behind the name of his on-screen character, who’s inspired by RK Laxman’s ‘Common Man’, Akshay said, “I came up with the name, although the character was conceived by Priyadarshan. In Bandra East in Mumbai, I used to have a neighbour by that name. In fact, the heroine’s surname Ganpule is also my brainchild. Marathi names are so interesting and nice. So, it was great to have a typical Maharashtrian name instead of the Ajays, Amars and Vijays.”
Talking about his hit jodi with Priyadarshan, Akshay said, “He is a sheer genius. Just think of it. He has made 72 films, out of which 65 are hits. Only someone who is an absolute genius can have such a track record.”
When asked as to why does he concentrates more on comedies rather than action flicks, Khiladi Kumar said, “A man has to realise what people want. If you make a list of films that have been hits in recent times, you will see that 90 per cent of them are comedies. There is too much negativity around us — wars, murders, and so on. So, when a person goes to watch a film, he wants to enjoy. Nothing else.”
When quizzed whether the actor has any plans to get into direction, Akki laughed and said, “No, it is not a tired question at all. Four years back, if you had asked me whether or not I would be producing films, I would have said ‘no way.’ But the fact is that I have produced a few films since then. See, the thing is, I might tell you ‘no way’ about direction right now. But you never know.”
With films like ‘Action Replayy’ and ‘Tees Maar Khan’ lined up, Akshay is a busy man, who signs off by saying, “Next year, I will be working in one of the biggest films ever.”