Akshay Kumar is riding high on the success of his latest film Jolly LLB 2. The actor has redefined success in Bollywood with films such as Airlift, Rustom, Baby and Special 26. Here’s decoding the success formula of Khiladi Kumar.
When Akshay Kumar came on a recent episode of Koffee With Karan 5, his star wife Twinkle Khanna revealed that she had put a condition for the actor. “I told him I won’t have a second child if he doesn’t start doing sensible movies,” she had said. This was for her husband, who had over the years established himself as a master of comedy. But it seems Twinkle wanted him to grow, just like his fans. A closer look at Akshay’s filmography for the past 5-6 years will only make you realise that indeed, he has grown, he has played smart in terms of scripts’ selection, and rarely missed the bull’s eye.
Akshay’s latest film Jolly LLB 2 might not be the first release of 2017, but it is safe to call it the first hit, despite the January films Raees and Kaabil already crossing the 100-crore mark. To put it straight, this is because, in terms of content and performance, Akshay’s jolly avatar has impressed a larger section of audience and critics alike. But, still if you want to go by numbers, then here is the second reason – Jolly LLB 2 was made at a humble budget, and hence its profit ratio is much better than the other two. So calling Jolly, 2017’s big hit in every sense of the term, won’t be wrong.
As Jolly LLB 2 crosses Rs 100 crore, it becomes the seventh film of Akshay Kumar to get an entry into the elite club, equalling Shah Rukh Khan’s tally.
So, what exactly makes Jolly LLB 2, or for that matter, all the Akshay Kumar films which he has been delivering of late, different from the mainstream releases? We decode Akshay Kumar’s success formula for you.
Akshay, who once appeared in films like Desi Boyz, Tees Maar Khan and De Dana Dan, has suddenly changed his action plan. After 2010, he began doing films like OMG, Special 26, Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara, Baby, Airlift and Rustom, all varied plots, all varied performances. While some are based on real-life incidents, others are period dramas. Yes, for Akshay, the film’s plot is the hero, more than his own part.
When Jolly LLB 2’s poster released, we saw Akshay donning a lawyer’s look, riding a Bajaj scooter and sporting a teeka on his forehead. Now, who else can you imagine doing that, with his signature smile sneaking through that moustache? That’s Akshay’s preference to play a middle-class man with whom janta can relate. This makes his characters a sure-shot winner not just among the multiplex audience who like to see this side of an aam aadmi, but also to the majority who actually live such a humble life. And of late, it looks like his moustache has become his lucky charm and hence, a staple of all the characters he plays. Ofcourse, it suits him too!
Small town connect
And his middle-class characters shine brighter when they come from the interiors of India. For people in metropolitan cities aren’t aware of the little nuances of small-town life. So if Akshay’s character is riding a scooter, it is better if he also feels the bumps on a broken road of a small town. Only then will his character get a life. He is surely the new age family man, and we not just mean in real, but also in terms of his onscreen image.
Strong supporting characters
There was a time when it was said that Akshay has a stronghold on the editing table, and gets the part of other actors chopped if they overshadow him. But, looks like times have changed. All of Akshay’s movies have several strong supporting characters with equally powerful performances. Be it Saurabh Shukla who had the best one-liners in Jolly LLB 2, or Anupam Kher in Baby and Special 26, or even Nimrat Kaur in Airlift, everyone brought their A-game to the table and only added to the success of the film.
Socially relevant plot
Akshay also prefers to keep some message in his films intact. His upcoming Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is about PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’. It is a satirical comedy based on the unhygienic conditions in the rural India. Jolly LLB 2 was a clarion call to the Indian Judiciary. It might have left some sections of our legal fraternity upset, but if you chose a bold and socially relevant subject, there ought to be some ripple effects, after all.
Akshay has a lot of variety in store in 2017. Other films from the actor this year include the biggie 2.0, where he plays the main villain opposite Rajinikanth, a first for the actor. Then, there is PadMan which is based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, who is famously known as the India’s ‘Menstruation Man.’ He is even doing Crack and a cameo in Naam Shabana. The year 2017 surely looks like Akshay Kumar’s year. But wait, even 2016 was one, considering all his three releases were hits, and so was 2015!