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I don't target 100 crore club: Akshay Kumar

Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Hungama   August 21, 2012
First Published: 10:21 IST(21/8/2012) | Last Updated: 11:51 IST(22/8/2012)
 Akshay Kumar certainly feels that comedy has to be an inherent element in each of his films. Starting off with a 'family comedy' Housefull 2 and then an 'action comedy' Rowdy Rathore, both of which also facilitated an entry for him in the 100 crore club, he is now jumping genres with 'sci-fi comedy' Joker. Moreover, the promos have pretty much indicated that this is a new world that Shirish Kunder has created with the film. One can well expect a different experience for Akshay to be finding himself in this world.

"It certainly was a different world for all of us", says Akshay, "The first day when we all walked on to the sets in Chandigarh, we were all blown away. The structures by themselves were so magical but to build an entire story around a desolate village was enchanting. Shirish had a vision that we all understood. This was his new world and we knew that we had to throw ourselves into the characters written for us and help make them all come to life."

One wonders whether Joker would end up making it three in a row for Akshay Kumar as far as entering the 100 crore club is concerned? Or would it be rather unfair to expect film after film to do that, especially since the genre of Joker is unconventional for a Hindi film?

Says Akshay after a pause, "I don't think that I have ever set such targets for any film of mine. Even though my recent films were expected to target 100 crores, it's not something that I declared myself since it's not in my nature. I work too hard on my films to hold a figure over them. The same goes for Joker too; I neither expect nor target such an opening. If it happens, it's always a beautiful blessing. But if it doesn't, so be it."

"Having said that, it would be highly unfair on any film to expect such huge openings every time. Joker is a fun film, but the fact that it's for the younger generation, it may help predict the kind of business the film can really do at the box office. All films need support more than they need figures", smiles Akshay before signing off.
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