Is Akshay Kumar a threat to the top spot?

An analysis on Akshay Kumar’s career by Indicine reader Abhishek Sharma.

Akshay Kumar has been around in the industry for 20 years now and the count of his successful movies would most definitely be greater than those of Khan’s but he has never posed a serious threat to any of the reigning Khan’s for the top Spot. Let us try to figure out the reason with a brief analysis of Khiladi’s career.

He tasted super success at a very early stage of his career with Khiladi, Mohra, Yeh Dillagi and Waqt Hamara hai.†The name Khiladi became his key to success and he utilized it to the max with movies like Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Sabse Bada Khiladi and Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi.†But Akshay then was never considered to be a contender for the top spot which was fought between Shahrukh Khan, Sunny Deol, Aamir Khan, Govinda and Salman Khan.

Then came his bad phase in the late 90s. His movies having repeated action stunts failed miserably. But he kept trying and in the year 2000 he was back with Hera Pheri, Dhadkan and Khiladi 420. Comedy, Drama and Action in the same year worked well for him. Slowly he started getting the big movies from big banners. Akshay climbed the success ladder, slowly but steadily and he really peaked during the 2006-2008 period. It started with Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and he followed it up with Aitraaz, Waqt, Garam Masala, Phir Hera Pheri, Bhagam Bhaag, Namaste London, Heyy Babby, Bhool Bhulaiyan, Welcome and Singh Is Kinng. All the movies (with all their flaws) went on to become huge hits and Akki’s presence itself became a guarantee to Box Office success.

But his bad choice of movies brought him down again. Although these movies recovered it’s investment, they could not achieve what was expected out of them. Chandni Chowk to China, Tasveer 8×10, Blue, Kambakht Ishq, De Dana Dan, Khatta Meetha, Tees Maar Khan, Patiala House , Thank You and Desi Boyz. Housefull was his only success during this period.

Now with the success of Housefull 2 and the super success of Rowdy Rathore, Akshay is back in serious business. But the question remains : Will he be able to maintain this or take this to another level or just like in the past – throw it away given his choice of movies.

Some positive and negative factors about him that quickly come to mind are mentioned below:

  • Super Fit (Positive): Given his dedication combined with superb physique, he can accomplish tough roles with ease and thats the reason why Akshay is able to complete movies well ahead of time.
  • Successful Partnership with Big Names (Positive): Akshay is one of the very few stars, who has maintained success and healthy relation and is working with very big names of the industry. Be it Sajid Nadiadwala, Sajid Khan, Sanjay Bhansali, Anees Bazmee, Vipul Shah, Priyadarshan, Milan Luthria, Abbas Mustan,Farah Khan or Yashraj, Akshay has worked with all.
  • Number of Movies (Negative): While all the major stars ( 3 Khans and Hrithik), are sticking to 1-2 releases in a year, Akshay still is having 4 releases every year.
  • Craze for next release (Negative): When compared to the craze which is around Ek Tha Tiger, Dabangg 2, SRK’s next, Talaash, Dhoom 3 and Krrish 3, Akshay’s future releases have relatively less awareness. One factor can be the number of films he has signed and other can be fan following.

So is Akshay a real threat to the top spot or not ?

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103 Comments

  • Amir khan fan i donít know whatís your name and FYI i m noy interested in knowing your name!!Dude i know very well that you are Aamir khanís fan!!!Dude one thing you must know there is no comparison between Hrithik and Aamir.Hrithik has given all blockbuster movie and good things is that all are ver different to each other whether itís a Kaho na pyar hai or Koi mil gaya or Dhoom2 or Krrish or JodjaoAkbar or ZNMD or Agneepath!!!!

    Letís me explain,just you take Jodha-akbar,this film is a period film and very few period films that were declared hit and at present Only Hrihik can do justice to Akbar type role and by the way Jodha-Akbar was not run by anti-social elements in many profitable parts of India!!!

    Btw Aamir has done period film and that is Mangal pandey and we all know that This film is disaster and also Aamir could not justice to Mangal pandey role!!!You must know that Hrithik can justice to each and every Aamir role whether it is Gajni or3 Idiots or Lagaan or Dil chahta hai or Jo jeeta wahi sikader etc but Aamir can not do justice to Hrithil role whether it is Koi mil gaya or Dhoom 2 or Guzaarish or Agneepathor Superhero in Krishh series!!!

    I know Dhoom 3 will be the Blockbuster but itís nit because Aamir it’s because of itís brand that Hrithik has bought in Dhoom2!!!Dude Hrithik Guzaarish jaisi film kar sakta hai but Aamir nahi!!!Apne dimaag par thoda zor dalo aur ye socho ki
    Agar Aamir Agneepath me hota to kya hota!!!!!

  • for me.1-Akshay kumar. 2-Aamir khan.3-salman khan.4-SRK.5-ajay devgan. they are the top 5stars of bollywood.the rest are nothing they just here becz of thire family

  • akshy is here bec of his own strugle and hard work.he reached this position with out any one help.he started working with smal film makers.No yash raj. no dhrma pro. no mukta arts.no SLB.no soraj barjhatia

  • It is good that Akki is back in action. But I don’t agree with Indicine’s comparison with Khan’s however. None of his films of 90’s except Dil to Pagal Hai was even a superhit. Also, the top spot does not have place for a fourth guy as long as the 3 Khans are working. Sad but true, it will always be one Khan or the other..

  • @Srk i am talking about H roshan not R roshan!!!Pehle Spelling to seekh le!!!Krk is better than Srk!!!!

  • akshay is a ok actor and his stardom vanished because he doesnt really work towards top position he is just an actor that can take up any film for some rupees. he has become monotonous noisy and he is predictable nothing refreshing about his perfomance

  • akshay is the number one actor of bollywood.a self made king .he is here becouse of his own power. akki ko aus ki paap ne madad nahey key. Na woh kesi chacha yaa mama key safarish sey yaha aya hey.

  • akhay kumar bada RATORE bana ghum raha hai Salon ek baat jaan lo yeh film south ki puri copy hai ek ek scene copy hai yahan tak ki chinta chita bhi copy hai

  • Haha sumit sahay al universe knowz dat aamir iz better dan h.r. N i also tel u d fact dat n h.r. Gave 3 out of 4 bb of hz dad n n only one bb wthout hz datz direct or product or i.e. Also D2 n multistarer so,no ATBB n guzarish iz totaly flop n mangal pandey was below average nt flop n agnepath were gng super hit bcoz of hz nt star power only sanjay dutt’s monstrous lok wch was awesome n d item song chikni chameli bcoz most of ppl were gng 2 c above sanjay – katz fact n also audience appreciate diz factz n u told aamir if in agnepath thn agnepath vl gng bb or atbb nthng les dan diz n c d actn sceens of ghajini u frgt abt h.r. Or oderwise u ask 2 ur frnd wch actn beter ghajini or agnepath n aamir iz d 1st ppl of bolywod wch gve 2 100 n 200 cre groser in domestic consecutively n highest worldwide grosser 365 crore n highest overseas 103 crore n thn srk wch did 100 crore in MNIK so n abt d2 it was gng super sucess bcoz d first part of d dhoom series was huge hit so u thk h.r. Beat khanz n kumar thn he vl ned another 5-6 yearz or may be mre bcoz of h.r. Succesful mves ratio are<<<<< khanz n kumar n i just tel d factz hahahaha dnt angry me

  • all three khans and akshay can never beat hrithik roshan……hrithik is the undisputed sahensha of bollywood, wait for krissh 3…it will shatter all records………

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