FROM CHANDNI CHOWK TO FORBES...

...it’s been sur­real, says Bol­ly­wood star Ak­shay Ku­mar, about be­ing one of the world’s high­est paid ac­tors

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Medha Shri Dahiya medha. dahiya@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

For many in the in­dus­try, a cru­cial part of be­ing a star is about pro­ject­ing a care­fully cul­ti­vated im­age of one­self, and build­ing a per­cep­tion that be­ing fa­mous is quite ha­rass­ing.

How­ever, ac­tor Ak­shay Ku­mar, who tends to wear his star­dom lightly, is a breath of fresh air.

For in­stance, he finds it “em­bar­rass­ing” to talk about his name be­ing one of the top ones on the Forbes mag­a­zine’s re­cently pub­lished list of World’s High­est-Paid Ac­tors. “When I saw the list, I was shocked to see my name on it. I find it em­bar­rass­ing,” he says. But the list, wherein the rank­ing re­veals that he earns more than Hol­ly­wood big­gies such as Johnny Depp and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ John­son, couldn’t have come at a bet­ter time. The 47-year-old com­pletes 25 years in the in­dus­try this month. “Yes, from Chandni Chowk to Forbes, it’s all been sur­real,” says the ac­tor, who makes no big deal about earn­ing more than many Hol­ly­wood le­gends, just like he makes no fuss about his star­dom.

Ak­shay says that his life is noth­ing short of a dream. “My jour­ney has been the great­est roller­coaster any young boy could have ever wished for. When I en­tered this in­dus­try, did I think I would be here 25 years later, cel­e­brat­ing one of my best years at nearly 50 years of age? No! Any­one would have thought I was mad for even think­ing that. But dreams do come true, you’ve got to work like your life de­pends on it though,” smiles Khi­ladi Ku­mar, who will soon be seen pulling off some dare­devil stunts in di­rec­tor Karan Mal­ho­tra’s up­com­ing film.

In his sig­na­ture hu­mil­ity, he cred­its his par­ents for ev­ery­thing he’s achieved. “All my qual­i­ties come from what my par­ents im­bibed in me, I’m a prod­uct of their hu­mil­ity. They brought me up well, and I’m full of grat­i­tude for that. Now, I am try­ing to teach my own kids the same val­ues. If I do half as good as them, I’ll be the hap­pi­est man” he says.

When I en­tered this in­dus­try, did I think I’d be here 25 years later, cel­e­brat­ing one of my best years at nearly 50 years of age? No! But dreams do come true, you’ve got to work like your life de­pends on it though Ak­shay Ku­mar, ac­tor

PHOTO: SA­J­JAD HUS­SAIN/AFP

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