Once Upon a time in Bollywod, there was no so-called Action hero until one fine day when a terrific bomb called Akshay Kumar blasted on the sidelines of the industry with some powerful maneuvers. Aided with immense gusto and self belief, this small town guy made his way to becoming one of the biggest action icons in the history of Indian cinema. India’s first true blue action hero, as they call him, Akki’s style statement spoke volumes of his machismo and finesse. Facing a lot of flak in the initial stages of his career, Akshay found it trembling and shaky to rise above the shackles and match up steps with the Khans and the Bachchans who were iconically miles ahead in terms of popularity and fame.
But then, this immensely driven and perseverant man did not give up. Slowly and steadily, by choosing some hugely commercially acclaimed films, Akshay turned towards the roads of success and how! Understanding the pulse of the audience much ahead of a Dabangg, Akshay’s inane potboilers like Namastey London, Singh is Kingg and others not only made huge profits at the box office but provided the hugest fodder for masala-starving Indian audience. Not just that, with most of his films working magical wonders on the commercial front, Akshay began to receive offers that were till then, property etched for a certain Khan or Kapoor. It was way back in 2007 that Akshay charmed the masses by delivering four outright hits in a single year, basking in all the glory and fame that followed. After a dull one year post that, Akshay Kumar raced up to the surface with some carefully marketed and immensely driven films that somehow surmounted him right to the pinnacle of his career. He became the celebrated bankable star henceforth.
It was only last year that he created history by being the first Indian actor to cross a milestone mark of 400 crore collection at the box office with a flurry of films that managed to sail him through the border. With Rowdy Rathore and Housefull 2 being back to back entries in the coveted 100 crore club, Akshay Kumar was back with vengeance. Period. But the success has its own shortcomings as they say. And change, therefore is a constant. But no one could apprehend that things can change so soon and so abruptly for the hero who actually made Cinema his own. Although Akki’s performances and his film’s content were highly appreciated given the fact that they did great numbers, one must not ignore that a Akki film, that too based on such a subtle theme like OMG: Oh My God failed to surpass expectations. Same happened with Khiladi 786 which was a sure-shot 100 crore film, but eventually his resurgent Khiladi avatar somehow lost steam as his films settled for a meager 70-80 crores range in total.
Shoot in to 2013 and what looked like a Year tailor made for Akshay Kumar fizzled out like a dampened firecracker, right from the onset. Although he starred in the brilliantly made film Special 26, our Khiladi Kumar’s connect with the masses seemed to lose plot. The film might have collected 70 crores at the box office, but considering it to be an Akshay Kumar film, the collections were well short of being mammoth. Hence the film could not even acquire the ‘Hit’ status. Phew! And what happened with OUATIMD is history now. A film that could have revolutionized Akshay’s acting prowess and his method processes, did all the more damage than good at helping the star regain his somewhat lost star value. Incurring losses at the ticket windows, Kumar even volunteered to return half of his remuneration to Ekta as a token of guilt and shame. Understandable, given the pain the film inferred on the human souls.
Lastly Boss has had a somewhat shameful run at the box office as well so far. Yet again, an Akshay starrer which boasted of a promising and captivating plot filled in with all the tadka and the masala that has become the staple diet for most cinegoers today, Boss was one film everyone anticipated to drive past the margin. Whilst the film was expected to cross the much euphoric 100 crore boundary in less than a week or so, Boss desperately managed to score in around almost 50 crores just a week post its release. But with yet another failure down, Akshay Kumar seems to be one disappointed man. And he has reasons to be. It was back to back five films since Rowdy Rathore that backfired for our Action star. And now, Boss’s failure takes the toll to six! Sigh.
As of now the question that strike the mind is: Has Akshay Kumar lost his charm? Has our King Midas lost the power of his golden touch? The recent failures are definitely a testament. True that!