Just a couple of days ago, ‘archrivals’ Akshay Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan hit headlines with an unexpected bonding session during an Indian Premier League (IPL) match. And now, there is another twist to this tale: Khiladi Kumar — who is famous for his daredevil stunts — has said that he has “utmost respect” for actors like SRK and the challenging action sequences they’ve been experimenting with, in their latest movie projects.
“When a gut-wrenching action film that you have spilt blood for doesn’t get appreciated, it’s a grave let down for any actor. That’s why I have nothing but great respect for actors like Saif and Shah Rukh. Their action scenes have been more than supreme,” says the Rowdy Rathore actor, seemingly referring to films like Don 2 (2011), RA.One (2011) and Agent Vinod (2012).
SRK and Saif have lately been criticised a lot for the failure of their action films, RA.One and Agent Vinod at the box office.“I just wish people understood what they would have gone through to make these films, maybe then they would be kind,” says Akshay.
Meanwhile, the actor is also eagerly waiting for Prabhudheva’s latest film to release.“I salute every single character in Rowdy Rathore. Right from the action stunts to the songs, none of it has been an easy ride for us. We have had some rough situations, but every drop of sweat has been worth it, and now we just pray it gets the appreciation it deserves,” he says. “Prabhudheva is a masala genius and I would really do anything to have the pleasure of working with him again.”
Ask Akki how he is managing to multitask on the half-a-dozen films he has already signed, and he laughs saying, “First of all, I take my mother’s blessings every morning. And secondly, you can’t imagine how annoyed I get when I don’t have any work to do.”