Even though two of his recent films have crossed the 100-crore mark, Akshay Kumar says he isn't at peace yet, as the pressure has been built ever since Aamir Khan's Ghajini first set the box office milestone.
Both Rowdy Rathore and Housefull 2 grossed well but Akshay said the monkey is not off his back as one needs to live up to people's expectations everyday in this industry.
"Forget the monkey, I feel like I have been carrying King Kong on my back ever since the release of that first film (Ghajini) which smashed the 100 crore mark a few years back. Aamir has set some high standards.
"In this industry it's never about what you have accomplished in the past. If you are not breaking records or setting trends today, you are in trouble," Akshay told PTI.
After Ghajini (2008), Aamir's 3 Idiots also broke records at the box office. Akshay, 44, said that he was aware of the numbers being accumulated by his peers. "One has to stay in the game for it's a hard monkey chain to climb if you don't. Moreover, there is no such thing as free bananas in this line of business. I know that without a blink of an eye, my happiness can be taken away from me at any moment. This is how nature works," he said.
Talking about his latest release Joker, which hit theatres today, Akshay described the film as a "world of mysteries and lies". "It's an intelligent script which is created to make the audience step out of the norm and lose themselves in the world of mysteries and lies. However, that's only if their minds can allow them to do so. It's a humble rural sci-fi full of madness, jokes, love and adventure," said Akshay.
This is also Akshay's first film which has a heavy dose of VFX and a genre like this is comparatively new to the Indian screen. "It's something fun and exciting for the families to enjoy. Sometimes that's more important than going for an obvious wannabe blockbuster," the actor said.
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