We don’t want to be overwhelmed by success and we don’t want to be overwhelmed by failure. So the title ‘Khiladi’, which she got at some point due to movies, makes sense. Even now, after digesting the failure of ‘Bachchan Pandey’, he is ready for the release of his next film ‘Prithviraj’. While he was preparing to go to the Cannes Film Festival, he was diagnosed with Kovid and, although he stopped running for a while, he is still in good health.
‘I am in good health now. I have rested for the last four or five days. I think everyone has to deal with this situation at some point. It’s just that in our business, we can’t constantly wear masks. Even on location, we are in the midst of so many people, meeting so many artists that Corona’s dangling sword remains in our minds. In such a situation, we have no choice but to work from home. However, in the beginning, when corona broke out, I was sitting at home shooting six or seven commercials,’ Akshay said. Prithviraj, produced by Yashraj, is one of the most ambitious and anticipated films of his career. Therefore, the rush for him is too much. As per current trend, the film will be dubbed in Hindi as well as Tamil and Telugu. But he was asked as he interacted with the media if this is a movie that will appeal to all Indians. He also knows that this question has an undercurrent in the Hindi-Rashtrabhasha controversy a few days ago. Therefore, he is free to say that these concepts like ‘Pan India Films’ etc. are beyond our understanding. “I know that all movies have to go away and all the actors, producers and technicians associated with them have to make money off of them,” he says.
“It’s a film industry from the south, it’s from the north,” he says. The film industry is the only area of work for all of us. In the same way, the British came to our country and built walls between us. It seems that we are not learning anything from the history that has separated us and has governed us. Akshay hopes that the day we are all part of the same industry and working together, things will change for the better.
Along with Akshay Kumar’s ‘Prithviraj’, two southern films ‘Vikram’ and ‘Major’ will be screened. He wants all three movies to work better than suppressing them. If the film continues, the business will continue. Millions of people depend on this business. So all the movies have to run. The only sentence he does is ‘Let’s all go to the movies..’ There’s a certain kind of movie going on right now, and it doesn’t sound like much. Some movies are doing well now, others are not, it’s a matter of the current situation. No one should discriminate on any issue at this time, saying that the situation will change and then things will change again. He insists that he must continue to do what he can.
Why the controversy over the ‘remake’?
In the meantime, I was asked why you are making a new version. Redo means you don’t have the best writers. Why? What’s the point of making a remake? Akshay asks the opposite question. My movie ‘Oh My God’ was very popular, it was remade in Telugu. The southern movie ‘Rowdy Rathod’ became very popular so I made it in Hindi and here too it got a very good response from the audience. So what’s the problem with that? Even if a song is remixed, the roar starts. It is said that we remake because we have no intelligence. But if we really like a southern movie, why don’t we remake it in Hindi? Then we start discussing your language and our language again. All the languages of our country are very beautiful. We all speak our mother tongue. And any mother tongue, be it Tamil, Telugu or Hindi… they are good. Our country has experienced slavery for two and a half centuries, but why don’t we realize the importance of coming together and living in unity? It is unfortunate that we are not together, but at some point we will realize the importance, he says.
‘You can’t face failure’
Akshay’s big budget movie ‘Bachchan Pandey’ hit the box office. He says that he has the same feelings every time he faces failure. I haven’t given 13-14 flop movies in a row. However, there was a point in my career where 8 or 9 of my films were not released. I always say that once the movie arrives on Friday, you feel bad until Sunday. On Monday, you have to start working on another movie once again. Failure cannot be met everywhere. You should enjoy your work. You just have to be more demanding with the help you give to other people. Good movies only happen when you enjoy your work to the fullest, he says.