Oscar winning movies don`t work in India: Akshay Kumar

Last Updated: Dec 15, 2010, 13:18 PM IST

New Delhi: Akshay Kumar loves playing the quintessential Bollywood hero and though he would like to experiment more with his roles, the actor is not ready to leave the sphere of commercial cinema.

The 43-year-old actor, who saw three of his films --`Housefull`, `Khatta Meetha` and `Action Replayy` releasing this year, had a mixed run at the Box Office.

And as he gears up for the his last release of the year, Farah Khan`s masala flick `Tees Maar Khan, Akshay says he will not compromise with the entertainment quotient of his films because that`s what works with the masses.

"I love to play different roles and I am not afraid to experiment or make movies that have different roles. But I have always known that only commercial cinema really works here. Oscar winning movies never tend to work in India. Well, no problem with that but it slightly curbs what aspiring actors want to do in their careers," Akshay told reporters.

Akshay, who has been in the industry for a couple of decades now and has acted in close to 100 films, however, sometimes craves to go beyond the commercial boundaries.

"Masala movies are awesome to do but sometimes one wants to break boundaries, create epics and perform challenging roles. But then India`s masses are not really interested in those kind of films.

"Life is stressful enough that they just want to be happily entertained and really, I can`t blame them. `Tees Maar Khan` stands for the masses and pleasing them is all that I
ever want to do."

The actor, however, feels that not all the ambitious movies work at the box office.

"As an actor I feel people should realize that in this industry it is dangerous if you only do what the audience expects as it is inevitably dangerous to attempt anything new as well. Hence the reason not every ambitious movie works. One aims to please and show versatility but 90 per cent of the times it goes unwanted. Whoever said that `show business` was easy?"

Akshay has replaced Farah`s perennial favourite, Shah Rukh Khan in `Tees Maar Khan`, which will also see him reuniting with Katrina Kaif after a long time.

It is Farah`s third film after the success of `Main Hoon Naa` and `Om Shanti Om`, and revolves around the exploits of a conman, played by Akshay.

The racy number Sheila Ki Jawaani`, featuring Kaif, has already topped the music charts and despite the number, the actor says that it is family comedy.

"It is fast and full of humour. But then this is no brainless comedy and Sheila is sure to make you dance." Also starring Akshaye Khanna, `Tees Maar Khan` is all set to see a Christmas release on December 24.

PTI