The Man with Reinvention: Decoding Hit Machine Akshay Kumar
Feb 9, 2018
“Hum hain seedhe-sadhe Akshay Akshay”.....Remember this song from one of Rajiv Bhatia’s movies in the 90s? How different the image of the man was back then!! All of that has
changed since the second decade of the 21st century. The man who was dubbedKhiladi Kumar once because of all the action-packed films he did has successfully reinvented himself, and how! Reinvention is the key to his success.
Those who have seen him in the latest episode of Koffee with Karan know how Twinkle Khanna revealed how she told him she wouldn’t have a second child if he doesn’t choose sensible movies. Many of Akshay’s movies in the 2000s were out and out comedies, including Garam Masala and even seemingly average content films like Action Replayy, De Dana Dan and more such multi-starrer comedies. But, that was at a time when mainstream actors shied away from being comedic and comedians ruled the roost. Always a risk taker, Akshay Kumar was not one to back down in spite of criticism.
Now that the man is financially secure enough, he has begun to look for films that have content at their heart. And also, he makes sure they depict the reality from the ground. Unlike most actors who choose lavish, urban roles, Akshay Kumar went ahead for social issues rooted in small towns of India. Even in a movie like Jolly LLB 2, we see him riding a scooter, accepting bribes and then, after a change of heart, fighting against a corrupt police system.
Made under his banner Hari Om Entertainment, OMG! Oh My God! Hit the bull’s eye with its depiction of religious fanaticism while movies like Airlift and Naam Shabana were all about the country. Akshay has ringed in a different form of patriotism, unlike that of Manoj Kumar. To say that he continues to be a trendsetter will not be an understatement.
There was a time when it was alleged that Akshay Kumar would edit out scenes of his co-actors if they seemed to overshadow him. Well, going by his current crop of movies, his co-actors too display their skills and add to the quality of the film. All eyes are now set for Gold and his first Tamil film, 2.0 where he plays the antagonist.
Akshay Kumar now plays “seedha saadha” characters on screen. R Balki’s Pad Man sees him speaking broken English in a conference, right? For someone who had no godfather in the industry and a fairly tough life, a journey with such variety speaks volumes about his growth.