We have seen the dominance of a Shahenshah (Amitabh Bachchan), a King Khan (Shah Rukh Khan), a Sultan (salman Khan) and a Perfectionist (Aamir Khan). We have witnessed the fluctuating sparkle of a Roshan (Hrithik), a talented Kapoor (Ranbir) to a more recent phenomenal (Ranveer) Singh. But one man who has silently gone about his work sans any airs, industriously, since the 90s and managed to remain in the reckoning throughout despite many downs is a certain Khiladi Kumar. And perhaps the time has come now for the moniker Khiladi to make way for the crown. Yes, Kumar is King and King is Kumar. Akshay Kumar has done enough to stake his claim as the new King of Bollywood. Let’s find out why.
Who is a king: A man who doesn’t need festivals to deliver a Rs 100-crore hit.
All festivals have been booked by the Khans. But guess Akshay doesn’t need that luxury at all. The actor releases his films when the time is right regardless of whether it is a holiday or not and it does rake in equal moolah. Unlike the Khans, Akshay’s films look at overall collections rather than the boosted up first day sale. Lately, the actor has managed to capture Independence Day and Republic Day for himself, but that’s not exactly a festive holiday weekend.
Who is a king: A man who receives unequivocal support in case of a clash with a competitor.
Mohenjo Daro clashed with Rustom and the rest is history. Also part of this history is how big names from the industry supported Akshay by tweeting videos about his film, almost ignoring Hrithik in the process.
Who is a king: A man who works regularly with new talent and delivers hits.
Akshay has worked with a plethora of new girls in the recent past from Madhurima Tuli to Nimrat Kaur to Kajal Agarwal. And every single time he has hit the bull’s eye with his new pairing.
Who is a king: A man who is truly versatile.
From hardcore action, romance, comedy, thriller, drama to even horror, Akshay, the actor has tried his hand at every genre possible.
Who is a King: A man who can effectively do maximum work in a calendar year and deliver hits consistently.
Akshay Kumar has mastered the art of doing three to four movies per year something that no one else has been able to achieve. Work more and maximise your profits. That is Akshay’s mantra.
Who is a king: A man who can risk playing the villain opposite God Rajinikanth.
“Name one male actor who has gone to south from here? Down south, they take our heroines but not our heroes. I am happy that I am going there. I would love to break this myth. I am happy to be the first male actor to be doing a Tamil film,” Akshay Kumar had told IndianExpress.com during Airlift. Only a King can confidently venture into God’s own territory and play a negative lead.
Who is a king: A man who is non-controversial.
When was the last time you heard Akshay getting embroiled in a controversy? The actor has maintained a squeaky clean image for the longest time. You will never ever manage to get a controversial quote from him. He has been in the industry for 25 years now and never even once has he ever spoken ill about a fellow co-star.
Who is a king: A man who realises his mistake and apologises.
When his bodyguard punched a selfie-seeking fan, Akshay was quick to issue an official apology and declare to make sure such incidents are never repeated again.
Who is a king: A man whose discipline is inspirational.
In an industry where superstars are notorious for being late, Akshay believes in coming and going on time. Also in a place where smoking and drinking is commonplace, Akshay sets an example by abstaining from both. His fitness is the stuff of legend and an inspiration to many fitness freaks. Ask anyone who is the fittest man in Bollywood and the answer would undoubtedly be Akshay Kumar. The actor is supremely fit and has never been a part of the beefed up six-pack sporting brigade.
The only thing that perhaps eludes Akshay’s glittering career is awards for his performances as a lead actor. But then even Will Smith hasn’t won an Oscar till date. Now before you jump the gun and say there is no comparison between the two, we know there is indeed no comparison. For what Will Smith can do, Akshay can’t and what Akshay can, Will Smith can’t. It’s just a way of saying awards will happen when they have to. Ask Leonardo Di Caprio.