If anything, their stature and Box Office power have only increased with time. In this day and age of blatant self-promotion, one rarely sees Ajay strutting his stuff and tom-toming his feats to the media.
Despite all this, ‘King Khan’, the sobriquet bestowed upon SRK, walks away with the crown for being the most ‘consistent’ superstar. Shah Rukh made his debut with ‘Deewana’ in 1992 and the movie became a runaway hit.
Akshay Kumar is on a roll once again. ‘Toilet – Ek Prem Katha’ is his fifth hit in a row. Apart from the Khans (Aamir, Salman, Shah Rukh), he is the only mainstream Bollywood actor who can truly be called a ‘superstar’. A section of the industry believes that despite reeling off an array of hits in the last three decades, Akshay has not received the kind of encomiums that have been bestowed upon the Khans.
Hansal Mehta, the director, has crafted a couple of fine movies – ‘Shahid’ and ‘Aligarh’ – based on real-life characters. It borrows heavily from the life of Sandeep Kaur, who robbed a string of banks in Los Angeles in 2014 by pretending to be a human bomb and who was eventually arrested.