New Delhi, Aug 9: Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar says his choice of films is dictated by the market demand and he does not mind playing regular action-comedy roles.
Last year, the 45-year-old actor dominated the screens with his masala entertainers Housefull 2", "Rowdy Rathore", "Joker", and "Khiladi 786". Akshay's previous movies "Desi Boyz", "Tees Maar Khan", "Khatta Meetha" and "De Dana Dan" were also in the comedy genre.
"Such films were running so what should I do! You have to do sometimes what people like. I do feel the need to change but I have to see what the market wants. Whatever the demand is the product has to be the same. It is not my choice," Akshay told PTI in an interview.
The actor seemed miffed to be asked about choosing similar looking roles lately but said he is breaking the mould with "Special 26" and his upcoming film "Once Upon a Time in
Mumbaai Dobaara" where he is playing a negative role after his 2001 release "Ajnabee".
"It felt amazing to take out the gun and keep it on the hero's head. For the first time I got an opportunity to do that. I honestly enjoyed it," Akshay said.
A sequel to 2010 hit "Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai", the movie sees Akshay take on the role of Shoaib Khan, previously played by Emraan Hashmi.
There were reports that Shoaib's role is inspired by Dawood Ibrahim but the actor denied any similarity between the real and the reel don.
"The characters are fictitious and it has no relation with any living person. It is a fictions and romantic story set in the backdrop of underworld. The good thing about the film is that it has a hint of dark humour which wasn't there in the first part," he said.
Akshay revealed that the makers have kept the film's ending open, hinting at a part three to the franchise.
"I think the producers want to make a part three so I run away in the end and don't get beaten up by the hero. They have kept the ending open. I don't know if there are any plans but if it happens I will surely be back."
His three films in the past have made it to the 100 crore club, which has become the new criteria for a Bollywood hit but Akshay is not worried about the business this time.
"What will the result be? I can't say whether it will be a hit or a flop. But as an artiste you are very proud of some films and this is that one film for me. There are few films which I don't keep in my DVD collection but of 'OUATIMD' I can keep two copies."
Directed by Milan Luthria and also starring Sonkashi Sinha and Imran Khan, 'OUTAIMD' hits the theaters on August 15.