‘Hard work pays off even­tu­ally’

Ac­tor Ak­shay Ku­mar cred­its the cast, screen­play and team­work for the suc­cess of Jolly LLB 2

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Ac­tor Ak­shay Ku­mar (below) says the busi­ness as­pect of a film doesn’t in­ter­est him much, as he has made enough money and now wants to fo­cus on con­tent and char­ac­ters. With Jolly LLB 2 earn­ing Rs 100.37 crore at the box of­fice, Ak­shay has de­liv­ered back to back hits like Singh Is Bli­ing, Air­lift, House­full 3, and Rus­tom.

“For me, the love of my au­di­ence is more im­por­tant than the busi­ness. I think, I have earned enough money. It is also im­por­tant to get the right script, char­ac­ter, di­rec­tor and stu­dio. It was my first ex­pe­ri­ence with them and I would want to do more films with them,” Ak­shay said.

In the se­quel of the 2013 hit film, Jolly LLB, Ak­shay is play­ing the role of a lawyer and he says for his role he was fully de­pen­dent on di­rec­tor Sub­hash Kapoor. “I have never dealt with lawyers, as I never got into any le­gal trou­ble. Sub­hash Kapoor ex­plained to me ev­ery­thing be­cause he was a po­lit­i­cal jour­nal­ist be­fore turn­ing di­rec­tor. So, he had cov­ered cases and knew how it works.” De­spite de­liv­er­ing hit films on the trot, the 49-year-old ac­tor doesn’t think he un­der­stands the mind­set of the au­di­ence.

“I don’t think I have man­aged to catch au­di­ence’s pulse... it is just a phase and your hard work pays off even­tu­ally. Many peo­ple make good films but they don’t do well. But they al­ways think that they are mak­ing Mughal-e Azam or Pa­keezaah. But it does not hap­pen... some films work, oth­ers don’t.”

Ak­shay cred­its team­work and screen­play for the suc­cess of the se­quel. “Sau­rabh Shukla, Annu Kapoor, they are the big­gest pil­lars of the film. Huma Qureshi and Sayani Gupta have also done a won­der­ful job. I al­ways used to crack this joke on the sets that Sub­hash has got six ac­tors from NSD and four ac­tors from FTII and I am the only one who is from Khalsa Col­lege,” he said.

PHOTO: RAAJESSH KASHYAP/HT

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