Rise of Akshay Kumar to top league is coinciding with under performance of Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan in recent times with their recent few releases. There is no doubt SRK and Hrithik are still ahead as far as fan following is concerned in Overseas. But same can't be said for them right now in India.
Top league means in Top 3. Srk and Hrithik most of the time enjoyed in Top League in year 2000-2010 range. But from 2008-2009 onward there is big rise of Aamir Khan and Salman Khan and they have sealed the Top 2 position from others and are miles ahead right now in India. However 3rd position is somewhat questionable right now and we will get clear picture by the end of 2017.
Akshay Kumar is always a big star from 90s and doing great. But even in his peak, he was in Top 5 only. This year might be his. He is doing all right things, choosing great scripts and if all goes well by the end of this year he might be the main challenger for final podium position.
No doubt all his true fans from years down the line are eagerly waiting for this to happen. Even exhibitors and distributors are taking his box office prospect seriously. He is always been a 'paisa wasool' and terrific actor. But now trade thinks he can do some serious damage. Only issue might be the content of his upcoming films. A Bajrangi Bhaijaan and a Dangal has ensured that you don't need regular run of the mill, masala potboiler to work big at box office. You simply need good content and film can do wonders. Akshay needs his Bajrangi or Dangal right now.
Right now top two position in Indian Box Office are occupied by Aamir Khan and Salman Khan. There is fierce battle going on for 3rd position, after somewhat under performance by Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan in recent times. Anything is possible. Akshay simply needs a huge grosser. A 100 crore will not do. Need a big century or may be even a double century in coming days or years. Time is right and he needs to choose all his upcoming projects with great care and vision.
Do share us your thoughts and whether you also think Akshay Kumar can deliver a career defining year starting with Jolly LLB 2. Whether he has that motivation to be in top league in next 1-2 years starting with 2017. He has some great line up with one of the biggie in 2.0 which releases this Diwali.