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Akshay Kumar refuses to talk about that invitation from Sonia G


Akshay Kumar refuses to talk about that invitation from Sonia G

Akshay Kumar refuses to talk about that invitation from Sonia G but when it comes to business, he is very forthcoming


2013 wasn't a very good year for you... 
How can every film click at the box-office? Like every other actor, I have my share of ups and downs. And why do you conveniently forget that I also had Oh My God and Special Chabbis last year?

Does it affect you if your film doesn't fare well? 
Of course, it does. But I have been around for so long that I always think positively. Think of it, I have worked with all kinds of directors, many of whom were debutantes.

But how do you feel when someone like Sajid Khan, whose career took off with Housefull, hinted that he gave you a hit after six flops? 
(Shrugs) Mujhe toh nahin bola usne. I am okay with him.

Sajid is out of the franchise though... 
Sajid Nadiadwala, who is a handson producer, decided that Khan won't direct Housefull 3.

Have you slashed your price? 
It depends. The market does affect my decisions. If the market is good, you charge what you think is right. If the market is bad, you lower your price. It is important to understand a producer's perspective. Don't call it 'slash', call it 'not burdening the film'.

So, how is the market now? Good or bad? 
Average.

Buzz is, the Congress offered you a seat in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections... 
I won't lie. I was offered a ticket but I won't name the party.

And then what happened? 
I said a polite 'no'.

Why? If I had contested on any party ticket, I would have ended up taking a stand. I didn't want to do that simply because I am so not a political person.

But, you did diversify to become a producer... 
Diversification is fine but it should have a link to your profession. Can you think of taking up a job which requires engineering skills?

Is making smaller films like Fugly a good business model as they are cost effective? 
Not really. I co-produce films which I believe in.

We notice that you star in most of your big budget co-productions? 
How can I approach a big star to topline my film? I don't know how they would react. Don't other big stars cast themselves in their home-productions?

Buzz is, Nargis Fakhri was booted out of the remake of Shaukeen because she was rude to you... 
That is not true. Nargis was courteous. But she had date issues.

Why don't we see you with Katrina Kaif nowadays? 
The producers have to make the decision to cast her in my film. Even if I want to sign her for my home productions, our dates have to match. Jab hoga tab hoga.
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