Akshay Kumar has completing 25 years in Bollywood and Akshay talks about his 25-year Bollywood journey.
Akshay says “When I came into this industry, I had no choice but to be on my own. I had to build my shoulder strong enough for an entire movie to rest on. I did everything that came my way, including B-grade and C-grade films. I didn’t have much of a choice at that point of time. I remember an incident during the shoot of a C-grade film. I was wearing a white shirt and blue jeans. The director wanted me to wear shirts of different colours — orange, green, red etc — as it was a song sequence. The producer was not willing to spend money on shirts, so he asked the cinematographer to use a green gillette paper… and there I was looking green all over, and then red and yellow all over. I was highly amused.”
Akshay also said he is not embarrassed doing C-grade films. He says “Not at all. I looked at it as work. What is the point of taking stress? One thing I have learnt is if you work hard, it will pay off. There have been many times when I slogged for a film and it didn’t work. But then I just waited till some film did well. There was a time when I delivered 14 flops in a row. I was down in the dumps, shattered and suddenly the 15th film worked and then there were 16 films which proved to box office hits. What I have understood with these many years in the industry is that one has to be a producer’s actor, work hard, not cheat, come on time and not try manipulating other people’s careers. Till date, none of my films is in the cans. I have made sure that I completed each of my film, even though some didn’t work for me at the shooting stage. Sometimes I have paid from my own pocket so that the producer could finish the film and release it.”