Beyond Sooryavanshi, six Akshay Kumar-Katrina Kaif films and how they performed at the box office

Sooryavanshi by Rohit Shetty seems to have brought joy back to theaters. As the crime drama starring Akshay Kumar in the lead role with Katrina Kaif as her love interest earns box office crores, our focus is firmly on the main pair in the film. The two appeared in six projects before Sooryavanshi, not counting a cameo. Here’s a breakdown of Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif’s journey as an on-screen couple and the audience’s reaction to them.

Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (2006)

The musical film began a series of collaborations for Akshay and Katrina. The love story directed by Raj Kanwar followed the journey of Aditya and Jia, who fall in love even when engaged to different people. A misunderstanding separates them and an accident finally brings them together. It grossed Rs 28 crore at the box office, but the film was called a flop, with critics talking about its script to death and the actors’ average performance. The film’s music remains memorable, however.

Namastey London (2007)

Katrina Kaif and Akshay Kumar at Namastey London. (Photo: Viacom 18 Films)

The following year, Katrina and Akshay delivered a hit with Namastey London. In the film, Katrina played an Indian woman of British descent, who is brought in to marry a Desi man (Kumar), by her father. While determined to call off the marriage once back in the UK, she ends up falling in love with him. Since the character was so close to Katrina’s character, she looked natural on screen and was able to deflect criticism directed at her. His chemistry with Akshay was also loved by all, and Himesh Reshammiya’s music continues to be as memorable as ever. Director Vipul A Shah has earned Rs 71.2 crore worldwide and found large audiences in UK.

Welcome (2007)

Building on the success of their previous outing, Katrina and Akshay won gold again with Welcome from Aneez Bazmee. Since it clashed with Aamir Khan’s Taare Zameen Par, the film received mixed to negative reviews, but the producers laughed right down to the bank. Also starring Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar and Feroz Khan, the rib-tickler earned over Rs 100 crore at the box office. The film was also a great success musically. In 2014, his Welcome Back sequel was released by the creators. His characters and dialogue still have many fans, most notably Kapoor’s Majnu bhai.

Singh is Kinng (2008)

Then we saw Khiladi Kumar and Kat in Singh is Kinng by Anees Bazmee. The film had Akshay Kumar playing a Punjabi idiot, Happy Singh, who unwittingly causes trouble for the people of his village. Wanting to get rid of him, he is sent to Australia, where he meets Sonia (Katrina) and falls in love. Even before the love story began, Happy became the “king”, the underworld gift of the country due to a series of misunderstandings. What follows is a comedy of mistakes, followed by a dramatic climax. Snoop Dogg was featured in the film’s title song, and the music album was the third best-selling music album that year. As for the box office, Singh is Kinng earned nearly Rs 136 crore, and even got Akshay Kumar the Best Actor award at the Screen Awards.

By Dana Dan (2009)

Two troubled friends fall in love with two girls, who ask them to “get the money or forget about us.” As they prepare for a cash grab, the friends face a series of issues that only make things difficult for them. Besides this successful couple, the film also brought together the trio ‘Hera Pheri’ Akshay, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal. The film, however, only earned Rs 65 crore at the box office.

Blue (2009)

Akshay Kumar, Lara Dutta, Sanjay Dutt’s Blue had Katrina Kaif in a cameo. The 2009 big budget film, first in Indian cinema, was shot underwater, hence its name. Although it had a good opening, the collections fell due to negative reviews. Made with a colossal budget, it failed to recover its cost. International pop star Kylie Minogue was also invited to be part of a special song “Chiggy Wiggy” in the film.

Tees Maar Khan (2010)

Perhaps Akshay-Katrina’s biggest fiasco, Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan was an official remake of Vittorio De Sica’s 1966 Italian film After the Fox. It was written by Khan’s husband, Shirish Kunder. Unforgettable film, Tees Maar Khan is best known for Katrina’s dance moves in the track “Sheila ki jawani”. The film was opened 100% at most multiplexes across India, however negative word-of-mouth drove bookings down within days.

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