Akshay Kumar is one of the most celebrated Bollywood actors. He has been one of the strongest pillars of the Indian entertainment industry for over 3 decades. El Khiladi is known for his strong work ethic and physical fitness, and is an inspiration to many. However, he not only inspires through what he does off screen, but has also made a constant effort to bring about change through the type of cinema he chooses to be a part of. His upcoming film OMG 2 deals with the social issue of sex education and it’s safe to say that he is probably the only actor on the list who is making movies based on social issues at regular intervals. Here’s a look at 6 groundbreaking movies Akshay Kumar has been a part of recently.
1. OMG – OMG! –
The first Oh My God film, headed by Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal, dealt with the social issue of blind faith. Paresh Rawal reprized the role of an atheist, Kanji Lalji Mehta, while Akshay Kumar essayed the role of Lord Krishna. The film was a critical and commercial success and went on to achieve a cult status of its own.
Padman can be termed as one of Akshay Kumar’s bravest films. He essayed the role of Lakshmikant, inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham. The film educated viewers on the importance of sanitary napkins for menstruating women. It was all taboo, but the actor took a risk. Padman became a modest worker but made a huge impact. Akshay also became the brand ambassador for sanitary napkin use in India, following the release of the film.
3. Toilet – Ek Prem Katha –
Akshay Kumar as Keshav, educated viewers on the importance of sanitation and basic hygiene with his film Toilet – Ek Prem Katha. The film revealed that a large part of rural India still does not have access to toilets. The film was a huge commercial success, and after its release, various initiatives were taken to install toilets in remote villages across the country.
4. Good news –
With his 2018 comedy-drama, Akshay Kumar introduced Indian moviegoers to the concept of IVF (in vitro fertilization). In vitro fertilization is a fertilization process where an egg is combined with sperm in vitro. The film was a huge theatrical success and also became the actor’s biggest worldwide hit.
5. Atrangi Re –
This romantic drama starring Akshay Kumar, Sara Ali Khan, and Dhanush educated viewers on the importance of mental health. It was a very brave film choice. Atrangi Re was released digitally and received mediocre reviews from viewers.
6. OMG 2 –
Akshay Kumar is back with another major film dealing with the importance of sex education, OMG 2. The film is set to be released in theaters on August 11, 2023, coinciding with the Diwali weekend. The trailer has received a positive response and the trailer should be out soon.
Akshay Kumar has always made brave choices as an actor. One would expect him to continue making more movies about social issues, as movies have the ability to create genuine mainstream impact. You can watch OMG 2 at a nearby theater starting August 11, 2023.
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