"Tomorrow if someone offers me a complete villainous role I
would love to do it. Villain is the most powerful man... I admire
villains... For example, for 16 scenes, the villain is only beating
up people... only in one scene either he gets beaten up or runs
away," he said. Ask him if his image as an actor would be affected,
Akshay says, "No, its nothing of that sort. It's a film after all.
I have done three films where I have played villain and people
still love me." Akshay has successfully cemented his position in
the 100 crore club but with Neeraj Pandey's film Special
26, he has achieved critical acclaim as well.
The film that hit cinema houses on February 8 has reportedly
earned Rs 25 crore at the BO in its first weekend. "For me, both is
important... a film running for weeks and the Box Office
collection. Reviews, rewards and awards are important. If you get
it all in one film then it's a great deal. It means you have signed
the right film and it means you have satisfied the audience... but
that comes once in a blue moon," Akshay said.
"As all the films that have earned rewards will not satisfy
critics. A film like Special 26 comes rarely once in a
lifetime where both things are running simultaneously and you are
getting the benefits of both the things," he said. Akshay feels
Special 26 is his best film till date. "I am happy that
the film is doing well. It feels great. It is my best film out of
125 movies that I have done till now," he said.
"The parameter of success for me is how everybody has applauded
the film... messages that I have been receiving one after another.
Like I met Mithun Chakraborty... he said he liked the film a lot
and said I will buy the rights of this film and do it in Bengali.
It is a great thing." Considering his previous two films Rowdy
Rathore and Khiladi 786 were mass entertainers,
Special 26 was a different kind of a film. "I look for
doing good films with good filmmakers. I am happy that people will
remember me for my performance in this film. I loved the subject of
the film. It was not that I was thinking I am experimenting
something with Special 26 and did it deliberately. I just
loved the story," he added.