How Akshay Kumar Became The New Poster Boy Of Social Movies...
Raking in the moolah with socially impactful films seems to be a weird math to get right in Bollywood, isn’t it? But our very own Khiladi AKSHAY KUMAR seems to have nailed it perfectly with a little help from his forward thinking wife Twinkle Khanna! Starting off from being a model to a waiter in Bangkok to finally making it big in B-town, he has surely got it right . As he completes 27 years of being an actor this year, we attempt to trace his metamorphosis from being a hit machine to a social icon. Read on...
Cinema has been used as a powerful vehicle for social change. A mirror to the society, there have been several artistes who have attempted to reflect the true essence of the contemporary social scenario. And an actor who seems to have followed a similar path is Akshay Kumar. Thanks to the recent string of films he has been giving a nod to, the Indian audience is finally witnessing films which spell ‘progress’. Debuting with Saugandh in 1991, this daredevil hero performed his own stunts without body doubles, effortlessly danced on many hit numbers and beat up a number of goons on the way. Though he was not considered to be an earth-shattering actor, he was a consistent performer and gave the Box office the necessary numbers. Of course, this Khiladi Kumar also witnessed a fair share of flops but he never became irrelevant. And then something changed. Yes, it was his choice of films. The films he has recently appeared in reflects his consistency as an artiste in presenting unique stories with conviction, on topics which any other contemporary would’ve had doubts about. And that reflects his finesse
as an actor. We look at a few factors which make him stand tall and strong in the rat race of Bollywood!
It is perhaps the nature of a good actor to never cease experimenting. Although Akshay used to opt for action and thriller films in the first decade of his career, he went on to appear in a lot of romcoms later on. But his recent film choices prove that he wants to showcase himself as a versatile actor rather than by cashing in on the ‘star’ factor. His trail of hatke movies started with multi starrer films like OMG:Oh MyGod,Special26,Baby,Jolly LLB2,Airlift,Toilet:EkPrem Katha and now PadMan. And what seems to be working in his favour is the kind of content these films present.
Blending It Right
Choosing the right scripts with aplomb is necessary for an actor to prove their versatility and Akshay seems to have done just that. Indeed, it has been more about consistency and relevance in his case. While cinema has time and again impacted society, the art form is something that is inspired by society itself. He seems to have understood the kind of topics which would connect with the masses and make an impact. While the present generation is looking forward to films with a sturdy storyline and contentrich plot, he seems to be channeling the necessary fodder for their intellect in just the right way!
Most of Akshay Kumar’s films have been commercially successful. Directors like Neeraj Pandey and R. Balki, who he has worked with recently, did not let go of the commercial element to present their story in a dumdaar manner. And not only has he earned the big bucks, but it has earned him big appreciations.
Bonding With The Masses
Today Akshay reserves a place for himself in the big league by also being seen on many shows on telly, perhaps a lot more than we would’ve thought of. Be it a cookery show or something related to performing challenging stunts, he’s been almost everywhere! In this way by being a staple on the small screen, he has bonded with the middle class even more. No wonder, this Khiladi Kumar is such a fave with the middleclass cinegoers.
And while we shower the Baby actor with praises, he has gone up a notch and paved the way for himself to become a terrific civilian, a true patriot, both on and off screen. The actor recently launched a website and a mobile app called Bharat KeVeer, which aims towards helping families of army personnel (up to ` 15 lakhs) who are in need. He had once mentioned that if not an actor, he would have joined the army. We have also seen Akshay often visiting soldiers and spending time with them. And his goodwill doesn’t seem to stop here. An ardent practitioner of
martial arts, he has also been instrumental in conducting several workshops around the country which promote selfdefence for women. Another pat on the back for Khiladi Kumar.
The Better Half!
...and that is none other than Mrs. Funnybones aka Twinkle Khanna. In the KoffeeWithKaran show with director Karan Johar, Twinkle had confessed that she had put forth a condition for having her second child with Akshay only if he acted in sensible films. And the lady’s words seem to have worked wonders! That’s when Akshay Kumar changed gears to steer ahead! What is pleasantly surprising is that post having Nitara, Twinkle has turned author and producer and has been very instrumental in working with Akshay towards curating films which make a difference. She is also the one who needs to be credited for getting the rights of the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham which put PadMan on the right gear. Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna, who look absolutely stunning together have also emerged as one of the most sought after couples of Tinsel town. We just hope they give the audiences many more reasons to not only reflect but also smile.
A Social Icon
With films on topics like sanitation and menstrual hygiene, Akshay has indeed become the poster boy of social awareness. The frenzy on social media created by the ‘PadMan challenge’ in which celebrities posted their pictures on social media while posing with a pad has indeed become viral. The ‘trend’ soon trickled down to the common man and menstruation and menstrual hygiene have now become topics which are being discussed in every nook and corner of the country. Post creating such an impact, we wonder which issue will be taken up by the Naam Shabana actor next? Has Akshay been slowly but surely paving a path towards being a social icon or maybe even being a representative of the people. Is he nursing political ambitions like Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth or will he continue to do such cogent films? Only time will tell! All we can do now is marvel at the way he has turned things around and worked on the kind of work he is presenting through his films now.
Twinkle Khanna had confessed that she had put forth a condition for having her second child with Akshay.
By being a staple on the small screen, he has bonded with the middle class even more.
A still from PadMan
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha