Akshay Kumar Reveals The Secret Of 'Happy Married Life'
Filmfare|September 07 2016

Forget the money-spinners, Akshay Kumar’s oeuvre now consists of tour de force performances as well. Anuradha Choudhary meets a superstar in transition.

Anuradha Choudhary

They say what goes up must come down. Unless, of course, you’re Akshay Kumar. Then what goes up stays there. It’s been more than 25 years since he first set foot into the industry. Twenty five glorious years. And the Akshay Kumar charisma doesn’t seem like it’s going to dim anytime soon. His achievements become all the more significant, when you realise that his rise coincided with the period when the Khans dominated Indian cinema full and final. If there’s one actor who has withstood the Khan onslaught, nay not just withstood but has been at par with them, it’s him. We’re half way through 2016 and Akshay has already notched up 200 crores at the box-office with Airlift and Housefull 3.

It’s not for nothing that he’s often called Mr Box-Office. And for those cribbing about the quality of his repertoire, they have only to see his recent additions to it. Whether it’s Special 26, Baby, Airlift or the recent Rustom, the actor has set his eyes on quality too. Yes, he has quite a few films in his kitty he can proudly show off to his grandchildren.

He’s not just defying the laws of gravity. Looks like he’s defying the laws of Biology too. Akshay Kumar doesn’t get old. At 48, he’s jaw dropping good looking. That striking face, taut cheekbones, razor sharp jawline… Unbelievable! Maybe he hides a picture of himself in his cupboard. Ha! He, of course, attributes it to his squeaky clean lifestyle. He doesn’t smoke, neither does he drink. He works out like crazy. And he wakes up at 4 am every single day. Now that’s something we can corroborate. We’ve been at the receiving end of his punishing schedules. So we’re shooting with the actor. And you’ve guessed it right. It’s 6 am. When the world sleeps, Akshay Kumar wakes to life and his tryst with destiny. There’s a reason why he’s up there. It’s his hard work, dedication and discipline. Excerpts from a rock-n-rolla interview…

You’ve had such a long and successful run, what do you attribute your success to?

Hard work, hard work and more hard work… the rest is blessings and luck. You can achieve anything in this world if you put every ounce of energy and give every last drop of effort to your dreams and passions may be. No great story ever started with, ‘I tried’. If it doesn’t start with ‘I gave it my all’ don’t expect much in return.

You’ve also emerged as a versatile actor, what is the secret of your versatility?

(Winks) The secret is to be versatile.

You’ve had three releases this year, how do you manage that? Most actors just about manage one...

I can’t answer for my fellow actors… they have their own way of working and succeeding. For me, hard work pays off, the harder I work the more films I get to make, the more films I make the more jobs I’m able to generate. When one has been doing films as long as I have, you need to feel that you’re doing more than just making films. I believe the harder I work the more opportunities I’m able to give to people as passionate about cinema as I am. While I still have the time and energy on my side, I want to do as much for this industry as it has done for me.

What makes you stand out amongst other actors?

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