Bollywood star Akshay Kumar has been delivering back-to-back hit films which are either around love for the nation or highlight a social issue. These include critically acclaimed movies like Padman and Toilet Ek Prem Katha. Akshay now has a strong opinion about commercial films that depict subjects with social relevance.
The actor feels people react to the films that he makes, with the likes of Padman and Toilet Ek Prem Katha, more than the documentaries, highlighting social issues. “I personally believe there is no point making documentary films. I’ve seen several times in many villages, sorry to say, but nobody reacts to that (documentaries). People like to see a commercial film. I consider myself lucky, who got an opportunity to do commercial cinema and gave people a social message in a very different way,” Akshay said.
“I’m so proud to say my film (Toilet Ek Prem Katha) has been shown in every village by this government. I would also want the government to show my film Padman. Talking about sanitary pads is the biggest taboo subject but I’ll make sure Padman is also seen by everybody,” he further added while speaking at the World Toilet Summit on the occasion of World Toilet Day.
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It was his first collaboration with filmmaker Neeraj Pandey in 2013 with Special 26, which set the ground for Akshay to establish himself in the space of commercially viable films with a social message at its core. What followed were Holiday (2014), Baby (2015), Gabbar Is Back (2015), Airlift (2016), Naam Shabana (2017), Toilet Ek Prem Katha (2017), Padman and Gold, both this year, which cemented him as the poster-boy of patriotic films.
The actor continues to explore the genre as his list of upcoming projects includes Kesari, which is based on the Battle of Saragarhi in 1897, and Mission Mangal, about India’s Mars Orbiter Mission that was launched in November 2013.