Over the years, Akshay Kumar has gone from being one of Bollywood’s premier stage performers to one of the most bankable and prolific actors. With multiple releases per year, Kumar has not only cemented his claim to the top but has also become one of the most sought after actors. While there are bound to be a few naysayers claiming that the superstar’s dream run has ended, his long string of movies proves otherwise. In fact, Kumar acted in five films in 2022 viz. Bachchan Pandey, Samrat Prithviraj, Raksha Bandhan, Ram Setu and the OTT release cutting putli. Similarly, in 2023, Akshay, who has a new sleeker neat look as of late, has a lineup of five releases, four of which will hit the big screens and one on OTT. But what we can expect from the actor’s films at the box office is what Bollywood Hungama looks like.
2023 will be a year of change for the fitter and braver Akshay Kumar; likely breaching Rs. 200 crore club again because of its versatility
Selfie (February 2023): Starting the year with a bang is Akshay Kumar’s first release in the form of selfie. Starring Emraan Hashmi, Nushrratt Bharuccha and Diana Penty in the lead roles, the film announced earlier this year will be directed by Raj Mehta who gave us films like Good news and Jug Jugg Jeeyo. Given Mehta’s work repertoire and the fact that selfie has two huge names viz. Akshay and Emraan, the film is being touted as one of the biggest releases of 2023. What makes the film even more attractive at the box office is the wide release window it enjoys. Scheduled for release on February 24, 2023 selfie see a clear run on the box to the Ajay Devgn starrer Bholaa releases on March 30. Given the scale Selfiee is being mounted on and the anticipation for the movie, trade forecasts claim the venture could potentially be one of the biggest openers of 2023.
Capsule gill: Coming back to doing what he is good at; Akshay Kumar will headline the Capsule Gill cast. Based on real life events and situations, the film, which is a biopic of sorts, will see the actor return to social drama, which has proven to be a blockbuster in the past. As trade analyst Taran Adarsh says, “Akshay has certainly not limited or stereotyped himself in 2023; he has a range of movies in different genres which proves he can be quite versatile”.
Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (December 2023): After kick-starting 2023 with Selfiee, Akshay Kumar will end the year with an equally if not bigger blockbuster. Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, which is said to be an action entertainment with Ali Abbas Zafar leading the project, is shaping up to be one of the biggest releases of the year. Given the current trend and buzz surrounding this venture starring Akshay Kumar alongside Tiger Shroff, the film could easily become one of the highest grossing films of 2023.
OMG! Oh My God 2: Apart from great entertainers and an albeit provocative social drama that is sure to draw some chords, Akshay Kumar will also be seen in a franchise film in 2023. OMG! In Oh My God 2, the actor will take center stage in a different avatar. Given Akshay’s characterization of the movie and the fact that the second installment comes on the wings of a hugely successful premiere that’s still fresh in audiences’ minds, Trade estimates that OMG 2 will end up being one of the long-term ventures to outlast new ones. releases.
Veer Daudale Saat: Akshay Kumar just proves that he is literally the master of everything. Akshay delves into regional cinema with Veer Daudale Saat and will be seen playing the role of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Although it is a regional film, Veer Daudale Saat is expected to be a huge money spinner. Considering that the Mumbai/Maharashtra area usually accounts for a large chunk of Bollywood release revenue, the chances of Mahesh Manjrekar’s director hitting the mark are higher than ever. “This will be another first for Akshay. He is not limited to doing the same thing repeatedly. When you look at his line-up, there’s a mix of everything, and the fact that he’s working with directors he hasn’t worked with in the past will definitely help bring something new out,” said Taran Adarsh.
Booting (OTT): Off the big screen, Akshay will also capture the OTT audience with the Soorarai Pottru remake titled To start. While Akshay was seen in Cuttputli on OTT in 2022, as he continues his foray into the OTT space, the actor is slowly establishing a base. Interestingly, given the recent trend of remakes doing well in the south, for example in point Drishyam 2, it is predicted that Soorarai Pottru’s remake could see a similar trend.
All in all, Akshay Kumar promises a great 2023, with varied films in equally varied genres. “Akshay Kumar is definitely making the right moves from choosing different films in different genres; he is present in almost all sectors of the entertainment industry. In addition, he also has very different roles in each of the films, so expect something new in each film,” concludes Taran Adarsh.
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