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Akshay Kumar: I still haven’t got my due as an actor

Akshay Kumar

When a National Award-winner and a Padmashri says that he hasn't got his due as an actor from the film industry that he has been a part of for more than two decades, it sounds like an alarm. Akshay Kumar, while talking to Bombay Times, ahead of the release of his next film, the social satire 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha', admitted that he hasn't received his due from the fraternity he has been an active part of for years. "I still haven't got my due as an actor from the industry, I just got the National Award," he said. When pointed out that he had also won a Padma Shri eight years ago, he retorted, "That is recognition from the government, not the industry."

Elaborating on his career's highs and lows, Akshay said, "I have seen lots of ups and downs in my career. Once I had 12 flops in a row and another time, 14 flops. While the lows have been tough, the ups have also been quite high. So, I've tasted both. There was a time when I was busy with action films, and I didn't know that I could do comedy. Rajkumar Santoshi and Priyadarshan (filmmakers) were the ones who said, 'Tu kar sakta hai.' They taught me a lot about comedy."


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