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Akshay Kumar on being ranked 7th highest paid actor in the world: I am forever grateful

Actor Akshay Kumar, apart from being ranked the richest actors, also talks about his film Gold’s success, and clears the air on the many political rumours surrounding him.

bollywood Updated: Aug 26, 2018 09:28 IST
Rishabh Suri
Rishabh Suri
Hindustan Times
Akshay Kumar,Gold,Forbes
Akshay Kumar is happy with the response to his latest film Gold.

Once again making headlines for different reasons, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar gets talking about personal achievements, national pride, and political rumours.

After being featured on the Forbes highest paid global entertainers’ list earlier this year, you’ve now been ranked the world’s 7th highest paid actor. How does it feel?

Well, I’m not going to lie, it feels good momentarily, but I never take these lists too seriously, as they keep changing, like seasons. It’s not something I had aimed for. The idea is only to do good, better, and best work. But, of course, I’m forever grateful when things like these come my way.

Your latest film Gold has been receiving rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. Which compliment has been the best so far?

It’s always good to see your work being lauded and appreciated, be it by the critics or the audiences. But honestly, when I open my social media [accounts] and see so many clips of cinema halls filled with people standing up for the National Anthem and thanking the makers for introducing them to a piece of history that they had no idea about, that for me is heart-touching and the perfect payback, as that’s what we wanted, to establish a connect between the audiences and team India.

You’re reuniting with Kareena Kapoor Khan for Good News (after Kambakkht Ishq, 2009). How’s Kareena as a co-star, and when do you start shooting?

Yes that’s right. Kareena and I share a good rapport and an amazing on-screen chemistry, if I were to say so myself (chuckles). We hopefully begin [shooting for] Good News at the beginning of 2019, in January.

There are rumours that you’re going to contest for a Lok Sabha seat from Punjab or Delhi in the 2019 elections. Is this true?

Like you said yourself, they are rumours. I’m not contesting elections, at least nothing that’s on the cards. At the moment, I’m extremely happy with the work that I’m doing, and I’d much rather continue doing that.

A reference in the purportedly leaked Justice Ranjit Singh commission report in Punjab suggests that you mediated a meeting between Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insaan and politician Sukhbir Singh Badal, regarding the release of the former’s controversial film. What do you have to say?

(Laughs) See, here’s another rumour. I haven’t seen or read any such report, but if all this is written, I find it most amusing. I’ve never met this person — Mr Gurmeet Ram Rahim — ever in my life. I have met Sukhbir Singh Badal once or twice, that too at public functions. So all this is clearly somebody’s wild imagination working overtime. What is this report about?

It is about incidents of desecration of Guru Granth Sahib in Punjab in 2016...

Well, as I’ve always maintained, I and my family have always had the highest regard for Sri Guru Granth Sahib, and I’d request everyone to refrain from associating my name with any such controversy.

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First Published: Aug 25, 2018 14:43 IST