Akshay Kumar’s line-up of films includes Sooryavanshi, Atrangi Re, Prithviraj, Bachchan Pandey, Raksha Bandhan and Ram Setu. The Bollywood actor is gearing up for the release of his long-delayed films after theatres were allowed to reopen in Maharashtra and hopes the audience will help the industry revive.
In a recent interview, Akshay Kumar talked about keeping up his pace of four to five films a year, ensuring all releases are spaced out, and how the entire film industry is finally hoping for good times ahead.
When asked how it is like to finally have the pending and much awaited backlog ready to release over next one year, Akshay replied, “It is a good feeling, having four to five releases in a year again. The life, as we all knew and lived, is back now; things are getting back to normal again, and I hope it stays that way. Since the past year-and-a-half, we have been waiting behind the scenes with bated breath for the right time to showcase and unleash the entertainment to the audiences.”
About whether the ‘Akshay Kumar overdose’ at the box office worries or excites him as an actor, the veteran actor said, “If you have seen the release dates, they are all spaced out like how my films used to be before the pandemic… a film comes out after a span of three to four months, and that’s how it is even now. As for it being an overdose, I don’t think so. Since all the films belong to completely different genres, there is something there for everyone. As an actor, finally my films are again going to be enjoyed on the big screen, like how they are meant to be, this is the most excited I’ve been in a very long time.”
Even though Atrangi Re is ready for release, it is missing from the theatrical release line-up. In that context, Akshay stated, “To be honest, I haven’t yet included Atrangi Re in the list, because we are still mulling over whether it should be a theatrical film or an OTT release. It has a fantastic, never-heard-before subject and storyline. For me and Anand L Rai, it is critical that the most suited platform is chosen for the film. Also for me, good content goes hand in hand with the platform. I am as much for OTT as for theatres. What’s best for the film should decide the medium of release. OTT may simply be the medium of choice for Atrangi Re, as it looks right now.”
Finally, when asked how Bollywood is preparing for a possible third wave of Covid-19, Akshay said, “If I could say anything on behalf of the industry, it is just that we are being hopeful like we were before the second wave and keeping our fingers very tightly crossed that the worst is over. We are just going with the flow. It’s been a very tough year-and-a-half for the entire industry with everyone bleeding money but things are finally looking up with the reopening of cinemas in Maharashtra. And I hope the audiences have missed watching us as much as we’ve missed them. I’m truly looking forward to a great year at the movies.”
The Gold actor, who hasn’t yet fully recovered from the shock of his mother’s tragic demise, is currently in London, busy shooting for Cinderella. The movie, directed by Ranjit M Tewari, features Akshay Kumar and Rakul Preet Singh in lead roles. Further details are awaited and expected to be disclosed soon.