Akshay Kumar (Photo credit: STRDEL/AFP via Getty Images)
By: Mohnish Singh
Superstar Akshay Kumar’s latest film Laxmii (2020) might have amassed a great number of views digitally, but critics panned the horror-comedy left, right, and center. Some even termed it as the weakest film of Kumar’s career in recent years.
Almost a week after the premiere of Laxmii on streaming media platform Disney+ Hotstar, Kumar has acknowledged that the film failed to click with critics. Talking about the digital premiere of the film instead of a theatrical release, he said, “It does make a difference, cinema on the big screen. A big screen is a big screen, and an outing is an outing. Watching a movie at home on TV or mobile does not have the same charm as watching the movie on a big screen.”
He went on to add, “Watching cinema on a big screen has a charm of its own. Just like when you take this interview on the phone or virtually, it is not as much fun as it had been if it was face to face. It is the same for us.”
He further stated, “Not many critics have liked it. I do understand it. The original one also got one or one and a half stars. But the business was very good. Every critic has their own right to write what they feel. I made it. It is a very massy film. So, obviously, there will be different points of views. The most important thing is the streaming platform that released the movie is very happy. That is one of the most important things,” Kumar concluded.
Akshay Kumar is now waiting for the release of his much-awaited film Sooryavanshi, which was originally slated to release in March. However, all plans went for a toss due to the onslaught of the Coronavirus. The Rohit Shetty directorial is now set to enter theatres in the first quarter of 2021.
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