Akshay Kumar is worried, stressed out

Mumbai: Actor Akshay Kumar, who is returning to his signature action genre after a gap of almost seven years with `Rowdy Rathore`, is worried and stressed out.

"After a long time I am doing action films. Now as `Rowdy Rathore` is releasing (in June), I am like worried…stressed out. And that is there with every film," Akshay told reporters here, at a promotional event of `Rowdy Rathore`.

Akshay made entry into Bollywood as an action hero with films like `Waqt Humara Hai` (1993), `Mohara` (1994), `Suhag` (1994) and `Elaan` (1994). He later did action and comedy films in `Khiladi` series – `Khiladi` (1992), `Main Khiladi Tu Anari` (1993), `Sabse Bada Khiladi` (1995), `Khiladiyo Ka Khiladi` (1996), `Mr and Mrs Khiladi` (1997), `International Khiladi` (1999) and `Khiladi 420` (2000).

With Prabhu Deva`s directorial venture `Rowdy Rathore`, Akshay is returning to his leitmotif, action. When asked what `Rowdy` means to him, Akshay says, "Rowdy means who is mastikhor, badmash…but at the same time has a clean heart. I have been rowdy during my college days. There is rowdiness in everyone be it man or woman".

As the film is an action-packed entertainment, leading lady of the film Sonakshi Sinha, who was also present at the event, quipped, "lifting me up was a big stunt for Akshay". Replying to the pun, Akshay said, "lifting Sonakshi was not that a big stunt as I have lifted several heavy people including wrestler Undertaker".

At the promotional event of `Rowdy Rathore`, Akshay, along with Sonakshi and director Prabhu Deva, flagged off a autorickshaw race at Lokhandwala in suburban Andheri.

Also, in a unique way of promoting the film, the makers held a nationwide contest to hunt for the local rowdies through a radio channel. The selected contestants were also present on the occasion. `Rowdy Rathore` produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, along with UTV Motion Pictures, is slated for June 1 release.