Till some months ago, superstar Akshay Kumar was being trolled heavily by his online critics for being anti-national. The reason being labeled anti-national varied from time to time. But today the man has come a long way from his Khiladi days to being respected for his choice of films and associating himself with the right causes.
Yesterday, Akshay Kumar was appointed Honorary Ambassador of Lal Bahadur Shastri Foundation that works for the welfare of farmers and strives to realize late Lal Bahadur Shashtri’s motto of ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’.
Last year, the government setup Bharat Ka Veer Trust for the upliftment of the families of those soldiers martyred at the border. The trust provides a platform to all citizens to contribute and provide assistance to the families of martyred CAPF personnel and incidentally Akshay Kumar is one of the trustees of the Trust.
And then recently Akshay Kumar featured in some of the most exciting and hilarious public service announcements by appearing in television commercials for Road Safety.
So where did the tables turn for Akshay Kumar that the masses and his critics both accepted him openly?
We analysed his last few movies and have come to the conclusion that Akshay Kumar’s foray into socially relevant films is what has turned the limelight on the Khiladi. Akshay Kumar has been making some conscious decisions to do meaningful, offbeat and unusual cinema that has brought about a change in the way people now look at him.
For the common man, Akshay is more of a crusader than an actor. His last few films that resolved around diverse but taboo topics such as toilets in the house, sanitary napkins etc. have found huge number of takers not just in the city but villages and towns as well further swelling his mass following. Add to it the national award for Rustom in 2016 and you had a consistent performer in Akshay Kumar.
Akshay started as an action hero and gradually morphed in a comedy actor. Till 2016, he was involved in commercially viable films that catered to the front benchers but post that he took a conscious decision to do few sensible cinema such as Toilet – Ek Prem Katha, Pad Man and the most recent Gold.
With these 3 films, Akshay Kumar managed to bridge the divide between the two worlds of art cinema and commercial cinema. Very few actors have managed to do that and survive and with Akshay Kumar making art and offbeat high viable commercially, he has proved that good content and good acting can take a film to its rightful conclusion.
Here’s a look at how much money these three films have made at the box office:
Toilet – Ek Prem Katha : Rs. 312 crore worldwide
Pad Man : Rs.114 crore worldwide
Gold : Rs.107 crore and counting…
Moreover in December 2017 after the movie’s release, Bill Gates had listed Toilet: Ek Prem Katha as one of the six positive things that happened in 2017.
We love @akshaykumar
He is doing so much for Indian society through reel as well as in real life😘🙏
— DESI (@abhishekv766) December 19, 2017
And one of Akshay Kumar’s fan was clear with his opinion when he said he is doing so much for the Indian society through reel as well as real life.
And that’s why brand Akshay Kumar who keeps reinventing himself time and again, has found a firm footing in the minds of his audience and his fans with his recent socially relevant films as well as with commercial films. He is now looked upon as a social crusader than an actor… a man set to awaken the masses from their deep slumber and teaching them of the ills of the society.
And that’s why his Road Safety television commercials too has struck the right cord and has been lapped up by the audience. He fits the role to a T.
This lone crusader will continue to do socially relevant films that will jolt the society to take action. From Khiladi to Padman…. It has been one long journey.