Akshay Kumar’s transition from a routine flying kick Khiladi days (the cringeworthy “In the night no control” song with Rekha from Khiladiyon ka Khiladi was the leading reason for celibacy in 1996) to the versatile superstar that he is today is awe inspiring. However, while movie-goers correctly relate him to action entertainers as well as rib-tickling comedy (I can’t think of another mainstream actor who has better comic timing than Akshay Kumar at present) – also to a phase where he was seen exclusively in movies with Katrina Kaif – people often leave out a very prominent manifestation of his adaptability to different kinds of characters. A look at the actor’s career graph shows another distinct genre he has made his own – the court room drama.
The State vs Jolly LL.B 2 – a story revolving around an ambitious lawyer who locks horns with a merciless advocate as a result of an ill thought decision – released in theatres today to raving reviews (no surprise there). Masses (including me) are flocking to multiplexes to see Akshay Kumar in the lead role of Jagdishwar Mishra and one can expect the weekend to see full houses at the cinema hall. Here are three other Akshay Kumar starers that were also about legal battles which showed that when done correctly, even a super boring subject like law can be oh so enthralling!
In this Abbas-Mustan directed romantic thriller Akshay Kumar’s Raj Malhotra (here is how much time I think was devoted to think up this character’s name: 0.000000001 second) is wrongly accused of raping Alex from Quantico when he does not respond to her sexual advances. Priyanka Chopra won several awards playing the negative role of Malhotra’s ex lover and his present boss’s wife. You can guess how much time was devoted to think up this relation. Point remains, the script had the matter taken to court and Akshay gave a convincing performance of a victim of the wrath of a spurned woman.
2. OMG – Oh My God! (2012)
How inventive can a plot get? In a society where people are so quick to use the phrase “Thank God!” as an expressive of relief when an imminent bad situation turns out to be good, giving all credit to the divine for good fortune, it only makes sense that the same source of good luck be held accountable when fate meets an unfavourable end. Thus, Paresh Rawal’s brilliant Kanji Lalji Mehta sues God when his business is ruined due to a natural calamity, classified as “an act of God”. In an occasion where an actor had to play a deity, no other name could have delivered the performance of a super cool and uber contemporary biker Krishna but Akshay.
3. Rustom (2016)
Based in 1950s, the story of this Tinu Suresh Desai directed movie was inspired by the real life incident of Naval Officer K. M. Nanavati and businessman Prem Ahuja. Akshay Kumar’s portrayal of a stoic and astute Indian Naval Officer, Rustom Pavri, accused of the murder of his wife’s lover was flawless and remains as memorable as Atif Aslam’s melodious “Tere Sang Yaraa”