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I Have No Intention Of Slowing Down Now: Akshay Kumar

Bollywood superstars like Shah Rukh and Aamir Khan believe in the less is more theory when it comes to films but not Akshay Kumar who plans to churn out three to four movies a year
PTI May 10, 2010 14:43 IST
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Bollywood superstars like Shah Rukh and Aamir Khan believe in the less is more theory when it comes to films but not Akshay Kumar who plans to churn out three to four movies a year because he wants to make the most of his time as an actor.

Aamir and Shah Rukh were seen in only one film last year --'3 Idiots' and 'My Name Is Khan' while Akshay had five releases -- 'Chandni Chowk to China', '8 x 10 Tasveer', 'Kambakkth Ishq', 'Blue' and 'De Dana Dan'.

"These people (his contemporaries) are doing what works best for them. On the other hand I do what works best for me. I am aware that these days won't last forever so I intend on making the most of them," Akshay told PTI.

Talking about Akshay's contemporaries, while Aamir doesn't have any film on floors currently, Shah Rukh has just started work on 'Ra One'. Another top actor Hrithik Roshan, is even a step ahead when it comes to being selective and his 'Kites' would arrive a couple of years after 'Jodhaa Akbar'.

But Akshay does not want to be overtly selective and hopes to continue making more films.

"My focus is to work, work and work. I live to make movies. I know that one day I will slow down but as of now, I love the scripts that come to me. I am grateful for them and I can't wait to make them," says the quick-witted actor.

The 42-year-old actor, who had an average success last year, has got a breather in 'Housefull'. The masala film by Sajid Khan, which saw Akshay returning to the big screen after a gap of six months, has made a good opening at the box office.  

Looking at the sheer volume of projects that Akshay has in hand, it appears like he is making the most out of the situation, both creatively and monetarily. Unconfirmed reports have indicated that he was the highest paid actor in town before he decided to change his remuneration model and became a co-producer for each of his subsequent assignments.

How does the entire business model work?

"My structure is that I ask for nothing today. If my movie is a flop, I end up getting nothing. But then if my movie works, I get a lot. I know that it is a very risky choice to make but it is the one that I am willing to take. I don't like to see my producers suffer if my work fails," he says.

Akshay will be seen juggling between as many as half a dozen films simultaneously this year with 'Housefull', 'Action Replayy', 'Khatta Meetha', 'Patiala House', 'Tees Maar Khan' and 'Thank You'.

This makes him the only actor in the top league who has chosen six high profile films to keep him occupied till at least the beginning of next year. It is clear that quantity does matter for him.

"Everyone deserves to win at the end of a film. It's only the cast and crew, producers and filmmakers who really know what goes into making a movie. I do work on multiple films but then I also do take responsibility when it comes to performance of my films," Akshay says. PTI