His remuneration for movies and string of box office failures has not affected his current kitty that is inundated with projects. Actor Akshay Kumar, 43, says he is way above the league.
"I'm too far away from competition. I do my own work," says the actor adding that there is no room for rivalry in his life. "We are not horses in a race. We are actors. Our friendship, films and endorsements have their own space and are not result of any kind of competition."
He also slams the grapevine that keeps actors at bay with each other. "We are not trying to put each other down. On the contrary we sit down with each other and space out our releases if these are on the same day. In competition, you harm each other's business. And that's not what we want or are here for," says the actor, who was last seen in Thank You.
Despite the recent average box office runs that mostly included multi-starrer comedies, Akki has no regrets. "I don't have any regrets and I am here because of my films," he says adding, "There's a lot of responsibility on my shoulders because people connect to what they see and I don't choose these because I'm going to get a lot of money from them."
Criticism too doesn't deter him. “I listen to people as to what they have to say about me and what am I lacking. If they want me to do something different, so here I'm... I've signed a thriller Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2 and I'm coming back to action with Rowdy Rathore,” he says.
Having ventured into Bollywood with action flicks like Khiladi, Waqt Hamara Hai and Mohra; Akshay drifted towards comedies for greener pastures.
“It's been a long time and now my hands and feet are itching to kick again. I missed doing action,” says the actor, who is “physically ready” for a U-turn in his career.
Ask what took him so long and he says, “May be I was too comfortable in what I was doing. So I've decided that it is now time for me to move on.”