Akshay Kumar is thrilled and upset at the same time. Thrilled, because his new movie, Kambakkht Ishq, has taken an incredible start from East to West and from North to South. Post Jumbo, Chandni Chowk To China and 8x10 Tasveer, Akshay had become everyone's favourite punching bag. Once considered the blue-eyed boy of one and all, Akshay was dropped like a hot potato after a string of flops.
"I was disillusioned. I would be lying if I said that the flops didn't affect me. They did, especially the failure of Chandni Chowk To China. I was heart-broken, crest-fallen," Akshay informs me. He's just back from a whirlwind tour (Puerto Rico, London, Delhi, now Mumbai) and has barely slept since the past few days.
"I was extremely nervous. I couldn't sleep. What if Kambakkht Ishq doesn't open well? That thought kept bothering me," Akshay admits. But now that the film has fetched a superb start, the actor is feeling relieved. "Aaj raat achchi neend aayegi," he flashes his charismatic smile, when he's told that the film should have a record-breaking opening weekend.
But Akshay's upset too - and it shows - when he feels that there's a strategy to pull him down. The negative sms-es during the paid previews and the subsequent messages ridiculing his film have hurt him. "Why do we resort to such things? Aren't we happy that the audiences are back? New York attracted crowds, now Kambakkht Ishq has. Luck, Love Aaj Kal and Kaminey would also bring crowds. The volume of business is only increasing. But by resorting to such things, we are only harming ourselves," Akshay says.