Everyone loves forbidden fruit: Akshay Kumar

Deccan Chronicle.  | Lipika Varma

Entertainment, Bollywood

Akshay Kumar dismisses rumours of Housefull 4’s fudged numbers and says bad reviews brought more people to the theatres.

Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar may have been in hot water last Friday because of Housefull 4’s unfavourable reviews, but that was short-lived. The film made approximately Rs 19 crores on its first day of release, though its exact financial success is unclear with multiple reports pointing at its exaggerated box office figures. The actor is, however, nonchalant about the allegations and asserts, “The film has been produced by Disney, who make films worth millions of dollars. Three or five million makes no difference. You are talking about Disney corporate, and not some random, unknown organisation.”

The film marks the actor’s 13th consecutive hit, which he credits to his fans and the audience. “I thank my fans and audiences for making my film successful. You need to participate in a variety of films as an actor, and I have always challenged myself. I think choosing different scripts is the main reason for my films being successful,” says Akshay, adding that he enjoys his association with the franchise.

As for the negative reviews for the film, the actor opines that bad press does not matter to him. “Have you heard about the forbidden fruit? If any individual is asked not to watch a certain film, then he would want to watch exactly that. That's what happened with this film,” says the actor, who is also gracious towards the critics’ comments. “I am thankful that they are the barometer to gauge the success of any film. They make you aware of the temperature of your film. However, every individual watches comedy in a very different manner — while one may not like a particular gag and give it one star, another individual may like it and give it four,” he opines.

When asked if he takes the critics’ words seriously, Akshay says, “I take critics very seriously because that is going to help me. I have understood that nobody deliberately maligns films, they all mean well. I have done and seen the film; I am not blind.”

Akshay also opened about a recent visit to rural India with his daughter Nitara, a photo of which went viral. “I wanted to show my daughter the village and how people live amidst nature. We saw a small little hut and went inside to see an old couple living there. I went inside to show my daughter how they cooked food with firewood instead of on a gas stove. They did not know who I am, but they were such great and humble hosts. They fed us gudh (jaggery). My daughter was happy to see how these people lived; it’s actually called carefree living. This is living with Mother Nature,” he explains adding.