Starting out as a mere chef in Thailand to becoming one of the biggest stars of Indian cinema, Akshay ‘Khiladi’ Kumar has come a long way. The Punjabi lad made his Bolly debut in 1991 with a flop film Saugandh, but tasted success with Abbas-Mustan directed ‘Khiladi.’ Thanks to his training in martial arts, Akshay Kumar performed dangerous stunts in his movies, eventually earning himself the name “Indian Jackie Chan”.
2012 has been a great year for Akshay so far. His first release of the year, Housefull 2, directed by Sajid Khan, has grossed more than a 100 crores at the box office. Hardly two months into this, and Kumar’s second release Rowdy Rathore has also been a box office smasher. Grossing more than 100-crore has been a game for the film, which opened to a 77-crore in its first week.
Khiladi Kumar will soon reach a milestone of his career. His upcoming fantasy film Joker will be his 100th film. Starring Sonakshi Sinha opposite him, the film will release on 31st August this year. What will be interesting to note is whether the Akshay-Sonakshi pair manage to create the same magic which they did in Rowdy Rathore and managed to gross the coveted 100-crore tag?
While it is too early to predict the fate of this film, one cannot ignore the fact that the film has been directed by Shirish Kunder, whose first film Jaan-E-Mann also starring Akshay and Salman, was a flop at the box office. Not only this, Akshay’s previous film Tees Maar Khan was produced by Kunder’s wife and ace choreographer Farah Khan. TMK was an equally forgettable film, and earned the cast members a lot of negative reviews.
The promos of Joker were released a few days back, and much like Sachin Tendulkar’s much-hyped 100 century, people have a lot of expectations from Akshay’s century film. The opposite forces of 100-crore success and the flop films delivered by the husband-wife duo are making it difficult to predict the fate of the film at the BO.
Will the 100th film prove to be a 100-crore hat trick for the fearless Khiladi? Or will it be a flop-trick for the Farah-Akshay-Shirish trio? All we can do is wait and watch! But do let us know your views about Joker.