We are still neighbours, we are friends: Akshay on Hrithik
Akshay Kumar’s ‘Rustom’ and Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Mohenjo Daro’ released on the same date. Their box-office clash raises question about competition and animosity. ‘Rustom’ has done a remarkable business at the box-office whereas Hrithik’s ‘Mohenjo Daro’ failed to pull audience to the theatres.
When asked about the box-office clash, Akshay clearly points out one thing. "I hate the word 'clash'. I want everybody's film to work because everybody works hard. Hrithik is yet to congratulate me, but he will always remain my neighbour. We will continue to hang out and dine together. My equation with Hrithik won't change just because our movies released together. I haven't seen 'Mohenjo Daro' yet. If I get time, I will definitely watch it”, Akshay told reporters at the success interview for Rustom.
Has the battle changed his equation with Hrithik who stays in the same building? "We are still neighbours. We are still friends, we still talk to each other and eat together," he smiled. But he quickly adds, "Hrithik has still not called to congratulate me for Rustom's success."
Before the box office clash, industry folk had come out to support one another’s film, Akshay said, "It was interesting to see that actors who have not worked with me promoted it ['Rustom'] on Twitter and it worked for the film. I feel this trend should continue. I was quite nervous before the release because you never know how the audience will react. Two to three scripts come to me everyday, but you get good ones only if you are lucky," he smiles.
Akshay is doing exceptional in the work front, his last two films earned a lot at the ticket counter. Akshay says he doesn't take success seriously. "Today, my films are doing well, tomorrow, they may not. Like recently, someone reminded me of 14 flops that I have delivered," he says.
Akshay has signed ‘Jolly LLB 2’ and the film was supposed to go on floors soon. However, he says. "There is no delay. The script is yet to be locked. So, we will start it only when the script is ready."