My son loves me in action roles: Akshay Kumar
The 44-year-old actor said that his son Aarav was the reason he took a break from risky roles, but the kid has grown up to become a martial arts enthusiast like his father and loves to see him in action films.
"I started picking comedy films as my child was just one year old and I didn`t want to take much risk. Now that he is grown, I can go ahead and do whatever I want to. My son loves action himself. He does rock-climbing, deep sea diving. He is into martial arts, but he doesn`t train under me. He has watched my comedy films but he loves the action part of me more," Akshay told PTI in an interview.
And the actor, who is taking a break from comedy after the release of "Housefull 2" as he is "bored" of them, is ready to dole out a variety of films like "Special Chabbis", "Joker" and "Khiladi 786".
"Housefull 2" releasing April 5 promises to be a madhouse comic caper what with Sajid Khan behind the camera and 12 actors in front of it. Akshay says handling so many stars, especially veterans like Mithun Chakraborty, Randhir and Rishi Kapoor was a task only Sajid could do.
"Only Sajid could have handled so many people on the sets and tackled such veteran actors. I couldn`t have if I was the director. Everybody comes with their own egos, own set of problems. But Sajid is the only person I have seen who makes fun of people in front of them and they don`t feel offended," said Akshay, who was in the Capital recently to launch the latest cover page of Stardust featuring him.
Besides "Housefull", Akshay has been a part of other movie franchises like the famous "Khiladi" series and "Hera Pheri", both of which will be adding a new instalment soon. "I enjoy doing sequels, I am the one who started them in Bollywood with the `Khiladi` films. I guess there were no sequels made before that. I have been a part of three franchises so far – Khiladi, Housefull and Hera Pheri," said the actor, who will also be seen in the sequel to "Once Upon a Time In Mumbai" and "Hera Pheri 4".
Akshay is also working on his next production "OMG", which is half complete. "The film is adapted from a Hindi play called Krishna vs Kanhaiya. Paresh Rawal stars in play and he has done over 700 shows on stage. I have bought the rights and turned it into a film. But I am not starring in it."
Being a part of commercial films throughout his career, Akshay says he likes working in movies which bring returns at the box office and are not just for creative satisfaction. "When a producer makes a film, he wants it to be a commercial hit as well. It is a rare combination that your film is good contentwise and also runs commercially. People hardly came to watch `8X10 Tasveer`, but I love that film. Even my favourite `Sangharsh` did not do well. These days even films which do not make any sense earn 100 crores, so there is a certain commercial protocol that you have to follow."
Akshay says that the onus is on the scriptwriters to churn out a story that is good and commercially successful. "I want to do parallel cinema which makes sense commercially. But you don`t get a script like that everyday. I loved `Kahaani`, but it is a rare film that attracts audience to the theatres even on Monday. It`s up to the writers to come up with a script like that. They are the most important people in the industry, but they don`t get their dues."