Asked if it makes him happy that his film has been received well in single-screen theatres — a territory otherwise ruled by Salman Khan’s films, Akki says he’s never really differentiated between multiplexes and single screens. “For me, the audience is the same. Their love and affection is the same. Boss is a desi film. But yes, I am pleasantly surprised at the overwhelming reaction.”
And now, he is looking to explore new avenues. “I would like to do all kinds of films. I want to challenge myself as an actor now. I want to do things I haven’t done before. For example, I would now like to do a full-fledged horror movie. I think that’s a big market, waiting to be tapped,” says the actor, but adds that’s the ‘masala’ factor must stay no matter what. “... But, anything I do will always have one common factor — entertainment. That is something I will make sure.”
And his thoughts on all the new competition around? “It’s a good thing. New talent is always welcome and that’s what makes the industry grow. We make around 200 films every year. How will they work if there isn’t enough talent? And because so many films are getting made, there’s so much good work coming out of the industry,” he says.