Akshay Kumar said in his defense, “can’t work in a film that requires more than 100 days of shoot”
2022 has been one of the busiest years for Akshay Kumar as the actor had to deliver back-to-back films. However, few of his recent films didn’t perform well at the box office and the actor faced criticism across the industry.
R Madhavan recently stated at the promotion of Rocketry: The Nambi Effect that “good films take one to two years to be made and not just a few months.” He also took examples of super hit films like Pushpa: The Rise and KGF: Chapter 2 which took over a year to complete the shoot. He further stated, “actors commit themselves to the projects and films are made in years and not just in three or four months.”
During his upcoming film Raksha Bandhan’s song launch event, when Akshay Kumar was asked what is his view on Madhavan’s comment, Akshay said, “Kya kehna chahunga? Bhai meri filmein khatam ho jaati hain main kya karoon? Main is mien thode hi kuch…meri filmein khatam ho jaati hain. Ek director aata hai kehta hai bhaiya aapka kaam khatam aap ghar jaaiye. Toh ab main ussey ladoon? (What can I say? If my film gets over in a short time what can I do? Director comes and tells me that my work on a film is done and I can go home. What should I do? Should I fight with him)?”
Raksha Bandhan’s director Aanand L Rai also replied, “He has said it time and again about completing a film in 40-45 days. But his calculation is not right. He has misled people by telling this. Which films were completed in 40-45 days? He comes on sets at 6 am and stays till we are done with our work. So, he doesn’t know but people get him on board saying 40-45 days but actually he ends up giving 80-90 days to a film if you take into consideration the time he spends on set in a day.”
Earlier too Akshay Kumar spoke to a leading daily on the same topic, he said, “One can’t give more than 45 to 50 days to a film and if you shoot a film in this time span, your budget will always be under control. I can’t work in a film that requires more than 100 days of shoot.”
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Akshay Kumar is currently gearing up for his upcoming release Raksha Bandhan, penned down by Himanshu Sharma and Kanika Dhillon. The movie is all set for theatrical release on August 11, 2022. The film also features Bhumi Pednekar, Sadia Khateeb, Sahejmeen Kaur, Deepika Khanna and Smrithi Srikanth alongside Akshay.