As ac­tor Ak­shay Ku­mar read­ies for five re­leases in 2019, we catch up with him to de­code his time man­age­ment skills

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Be it his im­pec­ca­ble film choices, steady suc­cess rate or fit-as-a-fid­dle avatar, Ak­shay Ku­mar seems to have it all sorted. And one thing that un­fail­ingly comes up in con­ver­sa­tions with him, is his per­fect time man­age­ment that en­ables him to do three to four films a year. But the su­per­star — who has five big re­leases in 2019 — plays it down. “Hon­estly, there’s no sci­ence to how I func­tion. It’s very sim­ple,” says the ac­tor, who is ex­cited about “mix­ing up” his film choices as he “con­stantly want to do some­thing fresh.” We caught up with Ak­shay to un­der­stand how he man­ages to pack in (so many) things within 365 days. Ex­cerpts from an in­ter­view:

To start with, how do you man­age to do so many films and also bal­ance your per­sonal life? Oth­ers from the film in­dus­try clearly can’t do that!

It’s very sim­ple. I will tell you the math­e­mat­ics of it all. To start with, I must tell you that I am off the en­tire June and that’s one whole month. So, I am left with only 11 months. And af­ter ev­ery film, I take six days off. On top of that, I only work half days on Satur­days and don’t work at all on Sun­days. Us­mein bhi I don’t give more than eight hours to any pro­ducer. Even if you in­vest 45 days in a film, how much time will four films take? 180 days. So, out of 365 days, if you work for roughly 180 days, you will eas­ily fin­ish four films in a year.

The num­ber of shoot­ing days must also have an ef­fect on a film’s bud­get. Right?

Yes, oth­er­wise how do so many films be­come overtly ex­pen­sive? One can eas­ily make a good film with ₹25-35 crore bud­get. I don’t know where things are go­ing wrong. Now, bud­gets go up to ₹80, ₹90 and even over ₹100 crore some­times. But yes, if a film gen­uinely needs such a high bud­get, like 2.0 (2018), then there’s no prob­lem. You can see that in­vest­ment on screen.

Also, your habit of wak­ing up very early in the morn­ing — and even hav­ing meet­ings/nar­ra­tions in the morn­ings — has be­come a thing of leg­ends by now…

Did you go to the school in the night? So, the habit [of wak­ing up early in the morn­ing] has un­der­gone a change be­cause of an in­di­vid­ual’s choice. Our par­ents and teach­ers taught us the cor­rect thing but we have ru­ined that habit. Kaam din

mein hota hai. Raat ko ullu jaagtein hain. This [wak­ing up early] is what our shas­tras teach us. It’s writ­ten in our shas­tras — wake up early, work in the day time, have din­ner be­fore sun­set and sleep on time.

Clearly, you are part of a very rare club…

A lot of times, people ask me, ‘you wake up so early’. I think I should be ask­ing them in­stead, ‘you sleep so late in the night’. So many people wake up early. If you wake up at 4.30am or 5am, you will no­tice so many people go­ing for their work. I feel jinko mitti ki khush­boo ac­chi lagti hai aur jin­hein pai­son ki ahamiyat samajh mein aati hai woh ut­thte hain jaldi subah.

I am off the en­tire June and af­ter ev­ery film, I take six days off. On top of that, I only work half days on Satur­days and don’t work at all on Sun­days. Us­mein bhi I don’t give more than 8 hours to any pro­ducer.


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