Considered to be one of the most bankable stars in Bollywood, Akshay Kumar still feels that his star-power hasn’t gotten its due in Bollywood even when his films have a social message and do well. He does have two decades of masala films and critically acclaimed narratives behind him.
According to Times of India, when the Khiladi actor was asked if he finally thought that he was getting his due as an actor, he replied, “I still haven’t got my due as an actor from the industry. I just got the National Award and the Padma Shri. That is recognition from the government, not the industry.”
Kumar, whose latest film, Toilet – Ek Prem Katha, revolves around the lack of toilets in households in India, also spoke about the importance of such a film and what is has in store for the audience.
“Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is a comedy. Stories of five-six real people have been merged to make this into a tale of one person. Of course, as the title suggests, there is a love story as well, but above everything else, the film has a message to take back home,” Kumar said.
“I loved the script and felt that if it can change my mindset, it can change others’ as well,” he added, talking about how it changed his attitude about the problem. “In the beginning, I didn’t know the statistics of the number of people who attend to nature’s call in the open. I was also unaware that about 30 per cent of the rapes happen when women attend nature’s call in the open. You have pervert men waiting in the fields for these women with camera phones. So, open use of the toilet is spiralling into other social evils.”
The actor is all set to release his film on August 11th, which also stars Bhumi Pednekar.