THEY ARE THE KHANS FOR A REA­SON: AKKI Akshay says it’d be wrong to com­pete with Shah Rukh, Aamir, Sal­man

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Prashant Singh prashant.singh@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

Twenty five years in an in­dus­try don’t nec­es­sar­ily make one haughty, shows ac­tor Akshay Ku­mar. He de­buted in Bollywood with the 1991 hit, Sau­gandh, and the 48-year-old is still as in­spired and ex­cited about his ca­reer. Ad­mit­ting that family keeps him go­ing, he talks about com­pe­ti­tion and moolah.

Few stars like you and the Khans are con­sid­ered the safest bet at the box of­fice. Do you ever think of com­pe­ti­tion?

The Khans are a force to be reck­oned with, but they are the ‘Khans’ for a rea­son. I’ve never com­peted with them, it’d be wrong of me to want to. I know what I am and where my name and ef­fort can take me. I’m happy with my space in this world. I ad­mire their star power and salute their suc­cess, as they do with mine, but we’re not in the same race.

Does fea­tur­ing among world’s high­est-paid celebs of 2016 make you feel pow­er­ful?

I don’t usu­ally keep track or be­lieve in the num­ber game but to be one of the only two In­di­ans (he and SRK) in the list is a mat­ter of im­mense hap­pi­ness, es­pe­cially when one comes from hum­ble be­gin­nings. I be­lieve in do­ing my best and it has paid off so far. I feel blessed.

After 25 years in the in­dus­try, what keeps you go­ing even now?

Mak­ing my family proud. They keep me go­ing through ev­ery twist and turn in life. If I couldn’t come back home to them at the end of ev­ery day, I wouldn’t be half the man that I am to­day. They are my se­cret in­gre­di­ent (to suc­cess).

It has taken time to build con­fi­dence in ev­ery­one that I’ve more than just one act­ing mus­cle... Now, the in­dus­try sup­ports my choice of cin­ema AKSHAY KU­MAR, AC­TOR

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