Bollywood star Akshay Kumar says he wants to work on a variety of projects, but there is one condition: the films he makes must appeal to family audiences. Whether it’s a psycho-thriller or a social drama, two genres in which Kumar has dabbled, the actor says he wants his films to be watched without reservation.

“I’d like to experiment with different types of content. I don’t want to conjure up any mental images. But one thing I make certain of is that the films I make are family-friendly “In an interview with PTI, Kumar stated. The 54-year-old actor stated that he would never be associated with “ghinoni” (dirty) films.

“I don’t want to make a filthy film called ‘ghinoni.’ Whether it’s a psycho-thriller or a social drama, families should watch it without reservation. I believe in making films that will entertain the family audience while keeping the message and commercial aspects in mind “He continued.

Kumar’s upcoming release “Raksha Bandhan” is yet another family entertainer from the actor, following “Atrangi Re,” “Sooryavanshi,” “Bell Bottom,” “Good Newwz,” and “Mission Mangal.”

He stated that “Raksha Bandhan” is an important film for “society and our families.” “It’s about sibling bonding,” he explained.

Kumar plays Raju, a sweetshop owner who is trying to marry off his four younger sisters in the Aanand L Rai-directed film. Kumar’s on-screen sisters are played by Sadia Khateeb, Sahejmeen Kaur, Deepika Khanna, and Smrithi Srikanth in the film. The film is dedicated to his sister, Alka, who also serves as a co-producer.

“My sister means the world to me. We have a strong bond. As a family, we believe in simply being happy. We were happy and had a lot of fun even when we didn’t have this kind of money and lived in Mumbai’s Koliwada neighbourhood.

“We were happy with what we had at the time. We used to avoid eating on Saturdays because we liked going to the movies. Our home was always a lively and joyful place.”

“Raksha Bandhan” is Kumar’s second collaboration with Rai, following 2021’s “Atrangi Re,” which also stars Sara Ali Khan and Dhanush. Rai is all heart, both as a director and as a person, according to the actor.

“Everything is all heart with him… He’s someone who will always smile, and I’ve enjoyed working with him. I hope and pray that our friendship will last a long time “He continued.

His film is set to compete with Aamir Khan’s “Laal Singh Chaddha” at the box office, a scenario Kumar says is unavoidable due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Box office clashes are unavoidable as a result of COVID-19. There are numerous films that have already been completed but have yet to be released. You can no longer avoid it. My wish is that both films do well at the box office “He stated.

Kumar hopes that all Bollywood films do well at the box office because it is mutually beneficial for everyone. “It is not just about ‘Raksha Bandhan,’ but about all films. I want every film in our industry to succeed. The film industry needs its films to be successful in order to continue producing films, particularly large-scale films “He continued.

Himanshu Sharma and Kanika Dhillon co-wrote “Raksha Bandhan,” which is produced by Colour Yellow Productions in association with Cape Of Good Films. On August 11, it will be released in theatres.

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