Akshay Kumar had won National Award for his performance in Rustom this year. But the decision has received a lot of flak from the neutral audience. Many were of opinion that Priyadarshan’s proximity to Akshay Kumar is the reason for his win.
Talking to Mumbai Mirror, when Akshay Kumar was asked to react to the same, he said, “I have completed 25 years in the film industry and I’ve never called in a favour to bag a movie or an award. As for Priyan favouring me, I think he has answered that question in your newspaper.”
Akshay Kumar also talked about the big box office clash with Shah Rukh Khan this Independence Day, he said, “My film is coming on August 11 because it’s a big date and an opportune time. Besides, Independence Day, there is another holiday in the same week. Such long weekends can easily take two big releases. Ghayal and Dil clashed, as did Gadar: Ek Prem Katha and Lagaan.”
When asked about the personal implications it has on one’s relationship, he said, ““Box-office clashes are professional hazards and ideally they should not have any personal implications. In a situation where we have 200 movies to be accommodated in 52 weeks, clashes have become unavoidable. I’m aware that (we don’t live in an ideal world). But I’m not willing to draw blood or go to war over a movie.”