Just recently when Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil and Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees released, there were various reports stating how filmmakers try to manipulate box office numbers. And now, Akshay Kumar has come out in open and spoken about how movie releases get manipulated too. In an interview with a leading daily, the actor, who is gearing up for his next big release was asked about how he has managed to survive in the industry for 25 odd years despite not hailing from a filmi background or having a godfather for that matter.
He has always called himself ‘producer’s actor’. To which, Mr Khiladi said, “Yes, and I survived because of that. Or else, I would have been thrown out of the industry long ago. Earlier, when some producers would say, ‘Usko hi le lete hain’ there would be others telling him, ‘Lekin uski film chali nahi’. But the filmmaker would say, ‘Lekin woh time pe toh aa jata hai, yaar. Teen hero ki film hai, ek hero usko le lete hain. Action bhi kar lega’. The industry never gave up on me. Even when I had 16 flops, I had four films in hand. One of those worked and a new journey began. You have to understand the psychology of the producers. They don’t mind if you are a lesser actor, but they would like their films to get completed on time. It is the biggest success tip I can give other actors. Producers are only interested in what kind of a person you are at work. Don’t be manipulative, don’t order them and they will come around. In this industry, you know people manipulate their releases. If you are a producer, you can manipulate because it’s your money. You can’t do that if the money belongs to someone else.”
Don’t you think Akki makes an absolutely legit point here? Well, he definitely does! Akshay’s next film Jolly LLB 2 is all set to release on February 10, 2017, and also stars Huma Qureshi in the lead role.