Akshay Kumar is considered as one of the most bankable stars in Bollywood presently. Once a ‘Khiladi,’ he successfully turned his career into being a poster boy of patriotism. In past few years, he has actually given many movies on this theme. However, this transformation is not sudden. Previously, he played the role of police officers in various films. Though those weren’t much successful, his role as the army officer or secret agent certainly did the trick.
‘Rustom and ‘Baby’ are certainly two such films in this genre that strike the right chord with the audience. Also, another hit ‘Airlift’ showcases an abundance of patriotism. It won’t be a mistake to say that he certainly is successful in igniting the feeling of ‘love for the country’ among the young Indians.
It seems that now he is expanding the scope of patriotism by playing biopics of notable Indians and films dealing with social issues. Not to forget his films ‘Padman’ and ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ has been gladly accepted by the audience. His upcoming films ‘Gold’ and ‘Kesari,’ are on the same note.
Now that Akshay is trying to create a specially blended genre for him, the field of playing secret agent or no-nonsense army officer is wide open. And, it seems John Abraham is trying to claim that place as his own. This ultra-handsome hero started his Bollywood journey with the film ‘Jism.’ Then he continued playing roles of angry anti-social or comical hero with some exceptions like ‘Water’ and ‘Kabul Express.’ He even excelled in the role of a gangster.
For past few years, he is trying to make a certain statement with his selection of films. ‘Madras Café’ was a political thriller set during the time of India’s intervention in the civil war of Sri Lanka where John plays the role of Major Vikram Singh. Appointed by RAW, he was responsible for carrying out covert operations. In ‘Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran,’ he plays Capt. Ashwat Rana portraying a similar role in a different context. Though his roles in ‘Dishoom’ or ‘Force 2,’ were less serious but presented the audience with a similar story.
Though we love seeing John in any role, especially with his shirt off, that still leaves us with the main question. Is he trying to take Akshay’s place as the new ‘patriotic avatar’ of Bollywood? The actor’s propensity for doing films with similar themes is too hard to ignore.
What do you think?