Akshay Kumar is known for his time management and discipline in the industry. He successfully squeezes out time to pull off three to four movies a year. After delivering back to back hits on the big screen, Akshay Kumar has tread towards exploring the web space. Recently, about a week ago, Amazon Prime announced their new web series coming up starring Akshay Kumar tentatively titled, The End.
The End will mark Kumar’s debut on the digital medium and it is known to be a perfect amalgam of drama, action and thriller genres. Sharing the news with the world, he posted on Twitter,
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) March 5, 2019
With this, Akshay becomes the first mainstream Bollywood superstar to have joined the medium on Amazon Prime. On what inspired him to explore the web world, he instantly said that it was his son Aarav that pushed him to venture in the online medium. He said,
“Honestly, I have been inspired by my son. He told me that I have to get into the digital space. It’s amazing to learn from the youngsters.”
Well, where on one hand he credits his son to have made him aware of the popularity of the web world these days, we are sure the cheque would have smoothened the process. As per reports, Akshay is charging a hefty, staggering amount to feature in this series. Though no one confirmed the exact amount, a source revealed that Akshay’s fee was “in the vicinity of over Rs 90 crore rupees, if not more.”
He also added that Amazon constant persuasion made Akshay take up the project as he was not keen on doing the series initially. He said,
“To begin with, Akshay was not keen to do a digital series. Amazon pursued him relentlessly. They hope to get in more Bollywood superstars,”
The series will go on for 3 seasons as it is a 3-part series. The actor will give a month from his calendar for its shooting each year until 2021. The source added,
“Akshay plans to devote one month completely to the shoot of the show’s first season. It will have as many as eight episodes. Each year, the actor will squeeze in a month for the team and they plan to shoot three seasons by the end of 2021.”
The 51-year-old actor is a huge star and is immensely popular globally and according to Jennifer Salke, Head – Amazon Studios (Worldwide), they will back this “edge of the seat” action series just like many of their International web series. She told PTI,
“The scale at which “The End” is being conceived is enormous and speaks of our passion for creating breakout programming across genres. The storyline and the action sequences have been brilliantly crafted to give viewers a thrilling experience.”
“It will be a global hit. We will be behind it in the way we have been behind so many projects like ‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’, ‘Jack Ryan’, ‘Homecoming’, etc,”
James Farrell, Head of International Originals, Amazon Prime Video informed and revealed that Akshay Kumar had been planning to do an action-packed drama since a couple of years but he wanted to delve into something new and not just do it in his regular movie style. He also added that they have been discussing the idea for close to three years now. He was quoted as saying,
“Akshay has been thinking about this one for years. He is just trying to figure out what he could do for his fans that was different. He wanted to go back to his action roots but not have it as the usual three-hour film arc. (He thought) ‘What I could do for multiple years with lots of twists and turns?'”
Clearly, Akshay seems extremely excited to be a part of this project and also can’t wait to start rolling for this one. The series will be produced by Abundantia Entertainment which had earlier bankrolled Amazon Prime Video series Breathe, starring R Mahadevan and Amit Sadh. The second season of the series is still in the production stage and it will bring Abhishek Bachchan to the web world, marking his debut.
The online web series trend had been booming exponentially since a few years now but Bollywood biggies started to take part in it, mostly after Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Sacred Games created such a huge hype on the internet. Some of the other stars who have appeared in Web Series are Richa Chadha, Vivek Oberoi & Angad Bedi (Inside Edge), Ali Fazal (Mirzapur) Kirti Kulhari & Sayani Gupta (Four More Shots Please), Arjun Rampal (The Final Call), Kunal Kemmu (Abhay) and Arunoday Singh (Apaharan) on different streaming services.
Akshay’s last outing Kesari opposite Parineeti Chopra released and it is collecting accolades like how. It is, in fact, being called Akshay Kumar’s career-best performance. Battle of Saragarhi is popular for it glorifies the valour of 21 Sikhs who fearlessly fought 10,000 Afghans in the year 1897. Based on this battle, Kesari is an Indian period war drama movie telling a story of a man, Havildar Ishar Singh who among those 21 Sikhs participated in the battle with all his might. Not many know that it was Ishar Singh’s yearn for respect in the eyes of his estranged daughter that led him to lead this battle. After this, he has movies like Housefull 4, Good News, Sooryavanshi, and Mangal Mission in store for this year.