Actor Akshay Kumar has been in the Bollywood industry for as long as we can remember. While he has established his name as an action hero, luck has not always striked in his favour with regard to being offered films by renowned directors. He started his career with a bang but eventually stopped receiving projects from Indian cinema bigwigs. For this reason, the Khiladi star decided to set out on a journey of his own. The 52-year-old revealed that he now prefers to work with new filmmakers "because big directors don't take" him in their films. He was speaking to the media at the trailer launch of Good Newwz in Mumbai.
"I work with new directors because big directors don't take me (in their films). That is the truth," he said. "When big people don't take you (in their films), you have to start your own journey. If you don't get a job in a big publication, you will go through a smaller one. From there you jump. You cannot just sit at home and wonder why people don't take me (in their films) despite me being so capable," added Akshay. He has worked with over 20 debutant directors such as Jagan Shakti, Shree Narayan Singh, Shivam Nair and Tinu Suresh Desai.
When asked about the time when big directors were only interested in working with the Khans (Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan), Akshay said filmmakers approached only those actors who "deserved" it, be it the Khans or the Kapoors. "Big directors went to the people who deserved. You see, it's not that only the Khans were around. There were the Kapoors and the others. I presume I didn't deserve it, so I earned it my way," said the actor. "I still don't have big directors directing me. They are producing films with me but they are not directing. Karan Johar is there, you should ask him.”