Akshay Kumar, soon going to be seen in ‘Gold’, has been focusing on movies which promote social service like basic sanitation through ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ in 2017 and ‘Padman’, which focuses on women hygiene through pads, which released in the beginning of 2018.
On the same, Akshay told DNA, “Brand India is much more important than Brand AK. I’m a small cog in a wheel and I don’t give myself that kind of importance to even think that I’m the one who is doing anything significant. If you are seeing a change in the kind of cinema I’m currently dabbling in, it’s because I have started to meet a lot of people, who have so many stories to share.”
When asked about switching with ‘Housefull 4’, Akshay says, “I can’t leave those films either. I need those, too. And I will be doing such movies every once in a while. When I started my career, for about 15 years I suffered as the media only called me an ‘action hero’. I used to ask producers to give me a comic role or a romantic character or even a serious part. After a long time, filmmaker Priyadarshan gave me a chance with Hera Pheri (2000) and later Dharmesh Darshan gave me Dhadkan in the same year. When I tasted success during this phase, I swore that I will never let anyone tag me or stereotype me. So, I continue to dabble in genres.”
Ask Akshay if he helps his daughter to do her homework and he laughs uncontrollably, saying, “Never. That is my wife Tina’s department. She is the brain in our home, I am the brawn. And I have no qualms about admitting it. I definitely participate in a lot of sport with my children. My wife is slightly weak in that department (smiles).”
Speaking about whether he wants to be a director, Akki laughs, “No, I don’t want to venture in that direction. I want to be happy.”...