Back in the 90’s, when Akshay Kumar began his movie journey, he almost redefined the genre of action on the big screen. After the success and cult of Hera Pheri in 2000, the actor gradually shifted to comedy and went on to be known as one of the most reliable and dependable comedic talents in the country. Now, ever since Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty in 2014, he moved to the space of nationalism and patriotism.
And in the last four years, Akshay Kumar has starred in multiple films with socially relevant themes, and has now earned the tag of modern-day Manoj Kumar. His last two films, Toilet-Ek Prem Katha and PadMan, were both critically acclaimed and commercially successful, albeit being criticized for being an open love letter to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. The Khiladi Kumar, after the impact of his films, has begun to participate in a lot of social work in his real life as well. Speaking about it, the actor recently said, “I am really fortunate that God has given me fame, money and a celebrity status, and many youngsters get influenced by what I do. So I think my whole idea of standing for any cause is to utilize the power in a responsible manner. My social work comes from pure compassion. I talk about issues that I feel for.”
The actor added, “If I want, I can make a ‘Singh Is Kinng’ part 2… I know I have an audience for that. I know I can make millions of money from such a film. Not that I am not interested… But as a celebrity, I should be changing one thought. I should be influencing youngsters to contribute to a good cause. That is how we can build a society. I am doing it in my way.”
It’s highly commendable to see an actor exploit his stardom the right way and in the right direction that can surely inspire and impact his fans positively. On the work-front, Akshay’s upcoming films are Gold, Kesari, Housefull 4 and 2.0.
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