No box of­fice pres­sure for Akki

Ac­tor Ak­shay Ku­mar says he doesn’t care about how much his movies earn at the box of­fice

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ctor Ak­shay Ku­mar (right) says he prefers to stay away from the pres­sures of the box of­fice by tak­ing up char­ac­ters which chal­lenge him as a per­former.

“Box-of­fice num­bers are a pres­sure. And that is what I don’t want. So, I do a film like Baby, which has a lim­ited au­di­ence and there are no songs,” he says. “Many peo­ple warned me against it be­cause songs are an in­te­gral part of Hindi cin­ema. It might af­fect the trade of the film by ap­prox­i­mately ` 40-`50 crores. But I didn’t pay heed to it. I wanted to give some­thing new to my au­di­ence. If I will think about box-of­fice col­lec­tion, I will not be able to do di­verse films,” adds Ku­mar.

The 47-year-old ac­tor con­sid­ers his latest re­lease, which is an ac­tion drama, as his tough­est film, thanks to all the hard­core ac­tion re­quired for cer­tain scenes in the flick.

“This movie was not an easy one to make. We worked hard. We started pre­par­ing for the film five months be­fore the shoot­ing,” says Ku­mar. “We got punches on our faces be­cause the fight se­quences in the film are mostly con­tact fights,” he adds.

Di­rected by Karan Mal­ho­tra of Agneepath (2012) fame, the movie also stars ac­tors Sid­harth Mal­ho­tra, Jac­que­line Fer­nan­dez and Jackie Shroff. It is a re­make of the 2011 Hol­ly­wood film, War­rior.

Box of­fice num­bers are a pres­sure. And that is what I don’t want. So, I do a film like Baby, which has a lim­ited au­di­ence

Ak­shay Ku­mar, ac­tor

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