‘I joined film industry for the sake of money’

Actor Akshay Kumar says he was drawn to the film industry because it offered a lot of money for someone who was struggling back then. The actor started out his film career primarily as an action hero before blooming into an all-round star. “I did a lot of action films earlier because I knew nothing else. For 11-13 years, I did only action. I did Thai boxing in Bangkok for five years. Back then I had made up my mind that I'll come to Mumbai and open a martial arts school.

“Honestly, the only thing which brought me to the industry was money. I just came here to earn money,” he said. Akshay said he used to make Rs 5,000 per month teaching martial arts but once earned Rs 21,000 simply by posing as a model and it changed his perspective. 

“I used to get paid Rs 5,000 as a martial arts teacher. Once someone asked me to do modelling for a furniture showroom. I posed with another model and I got Rs 21,000 within two hours!

“I thought what better place to be than here! I thought now I'll do modelling and then eventually entered films,” he said.