Akshay Kumar is one of the most popular and bankable stars in our industry right now, and his box office performance is consistently good, despite having 3-4 releases a year. However, that was not the case always. In the ’90s he was a popular actor for sure, but he was never labelled as a good actor, and his box office record was patchy as well. See how things change! Now he is a National Award winner (for…ahem…ahem…Rustom) and can take on the likes of the three Khans.
In the ’90s his biggest hits had the Khiladi tag along with it, but there were quite a lot of two-hero movies also that he also done in his career then. Some of the movies that I can remember were Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Yeh Dillagi, Keemat, Tu Chor Main Sipahi, Aarzoon (All with Saif Ali Khan), Amanat (with Sanjay Dutt), Suhaag (with Ajay Devgn), Waqt Hamara Hai, Mohra, Hum Hai Bemisaal (Suneil Shetty), Maidaan-e-Jung (with Dharmendra), Lahoo Ke Do Rang (with Naseeruddin Shah).
However, in an interview that Akshay Kumar gave to Mid-Day, he revealed that there is a reason why he was a part of so many 2-hero movies, and it is freaking hilarious. When he was asked about how he still got movie offers even after delivering 14 flops in a row at one time. Akshay revealed that producers insisted on taking him for two hero movies because “The producer would say, ‘Do hero ka subject hai. Acting ke liye woh hero ko lete hain. Action ke liye isko (referring to himself) le lete hain. Jaldi khatam ho jayega. This is how it would work.”
LOL! Though I think he is kind of joking here, since, save for Naseeruddin Shah and to some extent Sanjay Dutt, most of his male co-stars didn’t have that acting credibility in the ’90s. When it came to histrionics, Saif Ali Khan, Ajay Devgn, Suneil Shetty were all quite late bloomers just like Akshay Kumar.
Akshay Kumar, we are glad that you got through that phase and we are loving your ascension to the top!