Low budget films not viable for actors like me: Akshay

Last Updated 10 January 2011, 14:24 IST

"Established stars like Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan or me cannot venture for low-budget films like 'Udaan' or 'Tere Bin Laden' because high box office returns are expected from our films," the actor said on the sidelines of the music launch of his forthcoming film 'Patiala House'.

"I have seen the business of these films. There is a very niche audience for them. When Shahrukh, Salman or even I... do a film we have to collect a certain amount of money through our films so that distributors and exhibitors get their money back," he said.
Such kind of films collect a maximum of Rs eight crore at the box office. While, commercial films make a business of at least Rs 70 crore, the actor said.

"I am an entertainer... I am a commercial hero. I will continue to be part of commercial cinema," he added.

However, the 'Khiladi' expressed hope that low-budget films would find a greater audience in the near future. Akshay, who is producing 'Patiala House' through his company 'Hari Om Productions', said he is enjoying the role of a producer.
"I am enjoying my stint as a producer as I produce only those films that I want to be part of. I don't produce films for money. I don't know the fate of 'Patiala House' but I have reached a position where returns do not bother me much," he said.

Directed by Nikhil Advani, 'Patiala House' is about a father-son relationship with an undercurrent of cricket.

"The film is all about getting a second chance and pursuing your dream. It is about one's struggles, hope and aspirations," Advani said.

Meanwhile, the film's female lead Anushka Sharma, who is basking in the glory of 'Band Baaja Baraat' said, "It was a dream come true for me. This is just my fourth film and I am fortunate to work with a big star like Akshay. He has inspired me in many ways and I hope to remain as professional as him."

(Published 10 January 2011, 14:24 IST)

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