No fight for the action-hero title, says Akshay

Mumbai: Although A-list actors including Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn are busy outdoing each other on the action territory, initially created by Akshay Kumar in Bollywood, the actor says there is no race as such for the action hero title.

Off late, Salman has emerged as the new action hero with some power packed action-masala films like `Wanted`, Dabangg` and `Bodyguard`. Even Ajay Devgn flexed his muscles and punched baddies in `Singham` followed by John Abraham in `Force`.

When asked if there is any fight among superstars for the title of being the ultimate action hero, Akshay said, "I don`t think there is any fight for being an action hero. We are not like horses in a race course to contend for it. There are over 150 films made every year and every actor has three-four films every year."

"I feel there are sufficient amount of films releasing of every actor… so there`s no need to fight for any title," he said.

It was Akshay who in the 1990s made action genre popular with his `Khiladi` series films. He then changed gears and started doing comedy and light hearted movies.

With films like Dabangg, Bodyguard, Singham and Force making hay at the box office, Akshay too wants to jump into the action bandwagon and make success.

Now, after a gap of six years, he would be seen in Prabhu Deva directed action film, `Rowdy Rathore`. He would also return to the `Khiladi` series of movies with `Khiladi 786`, which is an action-comedy.

"I want to do action films now. Its been six years I have been away from action. It is all a new start for me," said the 44-year-old actor, who was here to announce his association with `Sonic` channel, dedicated to action for youth.

Akshay said he prefers doing his stunts on his own and never uses duplicates. "Before doing stunts I say Gayatri Mantra," he said. Ask him what really scares him and he says on a jovial note, "I am scared of my wife in all ways."