Through the ’90s, he was famous for being the true-blue action star of Indian cinema. But since then, Akshay Kumar has also proved his mettle in the comic genre. Of late though, the actor has been extremely versatile when it comes to his film choices.
“It’s simple. The days have passed where I felt the need to prove my worth through my success. Now, I make films that mean something to me. They may be emotional, carry a social message, or they could just be a laughter riot with good-hearted humour for the family,” says Akshay.
For the last few years, he has been a part of films that have diverse themes, like OMG: Oh My God (2012), Special 26 (2013), Baby (2015), the Housefull series, Brothers (2015), and most recently, Airlift, among others. But the actor maintains he has never been afraid to make such varied choices.
“Fear is fuel for the soul. If we don’t fear our actions, we will get lazy in our endeavours. Versatile roles are what keep me on my toes, and the day I get complacent with my work, it will be the end of me,” he says.
In a latest development, Akshay has taken a different route again. Reportedly, he is playing the baddie in the sequel to Robot (2010), which stars superstar Rajinikanth. “Right now, I am still so excited because of the opportunities that are being given to me. I almost can’t wait for what my directors have in store for me next, as it keeps me on my toes all the time,” says the actor, who will also be seen in Rustom, and the third instalment of the hit comic series, Housefull.
“I only work to make my family happy and my fans fulfilled. Success comes and goes like the wind. But films that touch even the smallest of crowds can sometimes last forever,” he says.