There was a time when it was Akshay Kumar who gave a light of hope to the overall very average box office of the industry. Mission Mangal is the second movie of this year for him after Kesari. He came in, did multiple movies per year and every one of them was declared a hit.
Namastey London, Heyy Babyy, Bhool Bhulaiyaa and Welcome – this was his ridiculously awesome lineup of 2007, and it was then since he has been on a rollercoaster ride at the box office. Even this year, he still has Good News and Housefull 4 due for release. Kesari did good, Mission Mangal is predicted to do well and rest of the two movies also look like sound successes.
To an interview to PTI, he opened up about his roller-coaster phase. He says, “I have been through this phase three times. So I wouldn’t be surprised if I go through it again. The best way is to keep working hard. When I had delivered 14-15 flop films, everyone said ‘Gaya Gaya’ and then after giving hit films, I heard them saying, ‘Aa Gaya Aa Gaya’. I remember these words.”
He was termed as Guarantee Kumar as along with his movies came an assurance of getting a successful tag at the box office. He also had to add some interesting things about the same. He says, “It is part of life and this happens to everybody, be it in personal or professional life. Basically, you have to take it all in your stride, be bold and face the next day. The audience is very bold today and they don’t care, they say what they feel is correct. I am glad the audience calls me that (‘Guarantee Kumar’). But there is no guarantee of anything. There are times when I see a film and feel it will do wonders at the box office but then it doesn’t work at all. So you don’t know what will work, till it releases.”
His upcoming Mission Mangal chronicles the struggles of five women scientists as they embark on a mission to send a satellite to Mars. The characters have been essayed by Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Nithya Menon. All set to release on 15th August.