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Akshay Kumar turns 53: A look at the actor’s upcoming projects from Laxmmi Bomb to Sooryavanshi

Akshay Kumar, who made his debut with Saugandh in 1991, has multiple upcoming projects.

Kumar will also be featuring in Discovery Channel’s Into The Wild With Bear Grylls. Last week, he shared an action-packed promo, where he said he tasted elephant poop tea and ran into the woods along with Grylls.

The cop comedy was scheduled to release in theatres on 24 March, but had to be postponed due to the shuttering of cinemas. Kumar will play Veer Sooryavanshi, the chief of the anti-terrorism squad; the name seems to be inspired by Salman Khan’s Veer (2010) and Suryavanshi (1992).

With this film, also starring Katrina Kaif, director Rohit Shetty will expand his cop universe. He had previously directed Ajay Devgn in Singham and Singham Returns, and Ranveer Singh in Simmba. Singh and Devgn will also make a cameo appearance in the film.

Raghava Lawrence’s Tamil horror comedy remake, Laxmmi Bomb, will see Kumar as a man haunted by vengeful ghosts. Kiara Advani plays the opposite lead in the Hindi version.

The horror-comedy is set to stream on Disney+Hotstar, bypassing a theatrical release as screens remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a virtual press conference in June, Kumar had said OTT release was the only wise option in the current scenario.

Kumar will reunite with frequent collaborator Sajid Nadiadwala for this feature. Housefull 4 director Farhad Samji is at the helm. The makers had shared two different looks of the actor last year. Also starring Kriti Sanon, Bachchan Pandey releases in January, 2021.

Kumar will play Rajput warrior and king, Prithviraj Chauhan in the YRF production, which marks the feature debut of Miss World 2017 Manushi Chillar. On his 52nd birthday, Kumar had shared a brief teaser of Prithviraj.

A source told Mumbai Mirror that the shoot of Prithviraj had to be halted in March due to the pandemic, and after Kumar wraps up Bell Bottom, he will begin work on the historical drama by October.

The Aanand L Rai produced film will feature Tamil superstar Dhanush and Sara Ali Khan in the lead, while Kumar will be seen in a cameo appearance.

“It’s is a challenging character to play, but at the same time, it is such a special role that my heart just couldn’t say ‘no’ to it. I will remember it for the rest of my life. My combination with Sara and Dhanush truly makes it true to its title — Atrangi! And I know that Aanand, in his special and simple way of storytelling, will only add magic to it,” Kumar had previously told Times of India.

Salman Khan will always be our Sooryavanshi. Not Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar may be taking over Rohit Shetty’s cop universe soon with Sooryavanshi, but he is no match for the blonde-haired He-Man-looking Salman Khan, the original Suryavanshi.

Even with an inexhaustible collection of national and international shows and movies at our perusal, we found ourselves reaching for ‘Suryavanshi Salman Khan’ in the search bar – Salman’s was with a ‘U’ and not ‘OO’. Self-isolation and lockdown can affect you psychologically.

Salman Khan’s Suryavanshi (1992), co-starring a Rekha-inspired Amrita Singh and an expressionless I’d-rather-not-be-here-but-I-have-to-looking Sheeba, is essentially a story of punarjanam, a one-night stand Bollywood keeps repeating even though the morning after results in a walk of shame. Suryavanshi, not to be confused with Sooryavansham, the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer, was once a Set Max favourite, and therefore, many a childhood afternoon were spent watching and re-watching Salman Khan’s blonde hair glisten in the sun, or staring at his He-Man outfit.

The film had potential simply by virtue of an interesting story but was ruined because it failed to manage that story. We have an extremely strong, hotheaded woman, Amrita, as Rajkumari Suryalekha at the centre. She’s complemented by an equally strong, borderline douchebag Salman as Suryavanshi Vikram Singh (we’ll come to why we used these adjectives in a bit). These are characters of the past. In the present day, Vikram Singh is reincarnated as Vicky but he is completely unaware of any pichhle janam ki baatein. Born and raised in America, he lands in India for the first time, and thanks to his overenthusiastic dad JB (Saeed Jaffrey) and his friend DD (Ajit Vachani), almost lands straight into shaadi ka mandap. Sheeba as Sonia is the would-be bahu – a girl so perfect that Tulsi Virani would be jealous. He doesn’t want to get married, he wants to live his life, she is heartbroken, but destiny in the form of guilt – ki main apne papa ka dil nahi dukha sakta – binds them in matrimony.

DD is an archaeologist and is digging around the ruins of Sangramgarh, intrigued by an entire kingdom now completely buried underground, quite like Atlantis. The newlyweds and their respective fathers decide to check it out firsthand as the excavation continues. Somethings happen in the middle and they discover an old journal by Sangramgarh’s Rajguru and finally decode what went down.

The 2-hour-47-minute film has tones of bad make-up and hair and overacting, but we’re not getting into that. What stands out as particularly wahiyat, is the treatment of Suryalekha. She only asked for not to be forced into marriage for the sake of the rajvansh, until she found her match. If the process of mortal combat in swamvar seemed barbaric, all of world history should. Nonetheless, she found one in Suryavanshi, but our hero here simply wanted to show Suryalekha her place – something that could only be achieved by tricking her into a one-night stand, and leaving her ‘kalankit’. Serves you right, woman, this is a man’s world, after all.

Everything else that followed thereon, is a post-#MeToo world’s nightmare. From Suryalekha killing herself and coming back to haunt the whole kingdom (umm, not the haunting bit, of course) to Sonia shielding Vicky aka Vikram (yes, he remembers now) with her love and defeating the ‘evil other woman’, everything from the mid-point mark to the climax needed a hard swallow.