‘Khiladi 786’ is my comeback as a ‘Khiladi’: Akshay

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Mumbai: After a gap of 12 years, actor Akshay Kumar, is all set to stage his comeback as Bollywood’s original ‘Khiladi’ in yet another film from the action-comedy series, titled as ‘Khiladi 786’.

After string of films in the ‘Khiladi’ series, comprising ‘Khiladi'(1992), ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari’ (93), ‘Sabse Bada Khiladi’ (95), ‘Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi’ (96), ‘Mr and Mrs Khiladi’ (97), ‘International Khiladi’ (99) and ‘Khiladi 420’ (2000), the 45-year-old star is eager to reclaim the tag with the film, which releases on December 7 this year.

“I never thought I will be doing one more (film) ‘Khiladi’ because for quite a few years action films were out of fashion and I was also doing comedy films. This is my eighth Khiladi film… After almost 12 years I am doing a khiladi film. So you call it my comeback as a Khiladi,” Akshay told reporters here at the trailer launch of the film here.

“I feel great about it. It had never gone away from me, I always used to take risks and its great because Khiladi is a word which means a player, a sportsman. You can connect it with anything, so its great coming back to it,” he said.

‘Khiladi 786’ is directed by debutant Ashish R Mohan (assistant director in Rohit Shetty’s ‘Golmaal’ series), and stars Akshay, Asin, Paresh Rawal and Himesh Reshammiya in lead roles.

“786 mean something which has to do with your destiny. Muslims use 786 as a substitute for the phrase ‘in the name of Allah’. And Khiladi 786 is an action comedy film which you will enjoy,” Akshay said.

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