2021 had been a fruitful year for Bollywood’s highest earner Akshay Kumar, with the successes of Sooryavanshi, Bellbottom, and Atrangi Re keeping his superstar status comfortably afloat. However, come 2022 and the tides have turned on the industry’s Khiladi.
So far in 2022, Akshay has featured in two movies, Bachchan Pandey and Samrat Prithviraj, and both turned out to be unmitigated disasters, creating a chink in his otherwise ever-so-dependable armor. No longer is he the guaranteed hit machine that he used to be. In fact, the sentiment around his upcoming films Raksha Bandhan and Ram Setu, which were both scheduled to hit theatres this year, has shifted from anticipation to exhaustion.
Reportedly, this has led to audiences and producers piling on him for reasons ranging from his tendency to finish shooting movies in unbelievably short spans of time, to him just releasing way too many movies for the aam janta in a calendar year, and even his proclivity to play the messiah in every movie he plays. The audience seems to be fed up with seeing Akki’s face on the silver screen every other month.
Recent pictures leaked from a film set of Akshay Kumar’s has prompted collective groans of exasperation from the public. The picture shared by trade analyst Taran Adarsh from the yet-to-be-titled movie showed Akshay standing in a field, donning a red turban, along with what seems to be a fake beard. Tinu Suresh Desai, who he has previously worked with on Rustam, is touted to be the director of the film which once again sees Kumar playing the role of a savior. Only this time, the benefactors of his heroism would be people from a coal mine.
Variety reports that the leaked picture is from the sets of a biopic on Chief Mining Engineer Jaswant Singh Gill, who ended up saving the lives of 64 miners trapped in a flooded coal mine at Raniganj of West Bengal in 1989.
Fed up with Akshay Kumar and his endlessly formulaic charade, fans have been sharing their thoughts on the same. This user wrote, “Itni jaldi to maggie bhi nahi banti jitni jaldi in saab ki movie aa jaati hai.just bored to see you 4 times in a year.Just give us a break to get relax after seeing your silly performance in Prithviraj”.
Begging Akshay to pick quality over quantity this user wrote,“Kuch to raham kar le bhai Lagta hai retirement Tak 1000 Film karke hi maanega. Prefer Quality over Quantity….. पूरा धंधा बना लिया है फिल्म मेकिंग को… इसलिए पृथ्वीराज की Gaa**d maar di”
While another wrote, “Hadh hai matlab bas audience ke kaan gaan sabse khoon nikaal hi dena hai ab toh nakli sab lagaa lagaake 40 din mei shoot kr karke
While this user who just wasn’t happy with Akki’s use of a fake beard, wrote, “Phir aa gaya bsdk nakli dadi muchh laga ke”
Calling him out for rapidly moving from one project to another, a user tweeted,“Baar baar aur jaldi jaldi kahin bhi jaane se ijjat khatam ho jaati hai aisa hamare buzurg kaha karte hain par shayad apne ye kahabat suni nahi hogi
Finally this user hammered the final nail in the discussion, writing, “One more flop is going to hit the floor from Akshay Kumar box. Now, he is focusing on earning only not movie nor acting. Best of luck ”.
The ever-so-fickle public sentiment has swung against Akshay Kumar, who was once the poster child for commercially successful Bollywood masala flicks. Perhaps, it’s time he slowed things down a bit and went back to the drawing board for a better strategy because this one clearly ain’t working for him.
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