‘There was a time when I thought my career was over’: Akshay Kumar at HT GIFA launch

Updated on Jul 05, 2020 10:04 PM IST

Speaking at the launch of the 5th edition of HT GIFA, Akshay Kumar opens up on how his own training as a sportsperson helped him balance the highs and lows of life and career.

Riding on a series of hits, Akshay Kumar talks about the flops in his career.(IANS)
Riding on a series of hits, Akshay Kumar talks about the flops in his career.(IANS)
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJyoti Sharma Bawa, New Delhi

It has been years that Akshay Kumar took a box office misstep. The actor has delivered 10 hits in a row, has been on the list of richest actors in the world and can fill theatres on just his name. However, there was a time that the actor believed his career was over after delivering 14 back-to-back flops.

“There was a time when I had 14 flops and I believed my career was over. I was dejected, but it was my training as a martial artist that came handy. It teaches you discipline,” the actor says, adding, “It was my learning from the 14 flops that helps me deliver hits today.”

Akshay was speaking at the grand launch of HT GIFA, Delhi-NCR’s biggest neighbourhood football tournament, at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex in New Delhi.

 Watch the entire interview here:

Akshay also doesn’t have anything on his bucket list anymore. “I used to work at an eatery in Bangkok, it was like a dhaba. I used to prepare food and serve it as well. In my room, I had the posters of Sylvester Stallone, Jackie Chan and Sridevi. I was lucky enough to work with all three of them in my career. I have achieved what I had on my bucket list,” the actor says candidly.

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After the success of Mission Mangal that tells the story of India’s mission to Mars, Akshay will be seen in comedy caper Housefull 4, a franchise he has been attached to right from the beginning. “I am going to lose all the respect I have earned with serious cinema with Housefull 4,” Akshay jokes, adding, “Every time I want a break, I do a Housefull film. It is a fun film; I have fun on the sets. Having said that, making people laugh with slapstick is the toughest of jobs.”

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