Akshay Kumar didn’t have a great 2010. Three consecutive failures – Vipul Shah’s Action Replayy, Priyadarshan’s Khatta Meetha and Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan have hit his box-office status. Kumar says, "I am not upset with failure but I do feel bad when a film doesn’t work despite hard work."
Kumar informs that about six years ago, he had nearly 17 flops in a row. He says, "My career was almost finished. When the films flopped, I didn’t accept failure. When I got upset about failure, I worked harder than before." Drawing parallels to his character Parghat Singh Kahlon aka Gattu in Nikhil Advani’s Patiala House, who gets a second chance to realise his dreams, Kumar says he too got a second chance in his film career. "One by one, the films started working and I haven’t looked back since," he says.
Kumar has approximately 120 films under his belt and has produced eight films in the last three years. He says, "My distributors and I have never suffered a loss on any film that I have produced." The actor insists he is not after money but is concentrating on working on newer ways to entertain people. He says, "I am not worried about earning money now. I came to the industry with Rs 250."
Talking about his humble beginnings when he used to earn Rs 2,500 as a martial arts teacher, Kumar insists on dreaming big. He adds, "I am not a great actor. I am an average actor. Hard work and honesty have carried me so far. I only understand commercial films. When I look at a script and feel I can do it justice, I go for it."
Kumar now has his hopes pegged on Patiala House, which co-stars Anushka Sharma and was made at a total budget of Rs 21 crore. Set in London, the film is about following one’s dreams and explores a father-son relationship. He says, "I hope Patiala House works. It’s a film along the lines of Namaste London (2007)."