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Maintaining yourself in film industry is a big challenge : Akshay Kumar

By Priyanka Verma 
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It has been 30 years since Akshay Kumar entered Bollywood. Akshay Kumar spoke about the challenges one has to face in Bollywood and said, “The challenge lies in maintaining yourself. Maintaining yourself in the industry is a big challenge. You will not believe that entering the film industry is still easier, but to maintain yourself in the industry and to keep up and cope up with everything going on, and be there in the industry, is a very difficult job,”

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Akshay walked into the industry with “Sugandh” in 1991, but it was the action-packed thrills and punches of “Khiladi” (1992) that gave him the ticket to mainstream entertainment. There was a time when Bollywood’s Khiladi Kumar got stuck in the action hero image.

Today, Akshay has developed a reputation of backing stories that have hues of patriotism and nationalism, besides films with socially-relevant content. “I do films that are responsible and also the films that are commercial. I am not a teacher,” Akshay said, on his way of picking projects. “I do films I like, and the messages I like. Sometimes there is a message, and something there is no message. I do different types of films and I want to continue doing them in the future,” he continued.

“I don’t want to be a teacher,” the superstar asserted, adding: “I get associated with the message I believe in. I made a film on sanitary pads, and did one on the importance of toilets. (I) Also made one on science. I have made different types of films.” “There is also ‘Housefull’, which has no message, and where the message is just to laugh,” added the actor, who was last seen in “Laxmii”, which premiered on Disney+ Hotstar.

The actor is committed to continuing on the same path — something that is reflected in his upcoming work slate. It is said that over Rs 530 crore is riding on him, with the films that are slated to release this year. There is “Sooryavanshi” in which he will be seen as ATS officer Veer Sooryavanshi. He plays a RAW agent in “Bell Bottom”, and brings alive the heroism of Prithviraj Chauhan in “Prithviraj”. Also in his roster over the next months are “Bachchan Pandey”, “Atrangi Re”, “Raksha Bandhan” and “Ram Setu”.

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