"I love comedy. It is a difficult genre to do but unfortunately comic hero doesn't get his due in this industry because we look down on it," the actor said.

Akshay has always been admired by fans and critics for his remarkable on-screen comic timing but the superstar feels an actor does not get the deserved recognition until he or she does romantic and heavy-duty movies.

"Unless you do romance and tragedy, you don't get best actor award. If you are making people laugh, it looks like buffoonery. It's very sad that this happens," he said.

"Long back Amitabh Bachchan sir did comedy in 'Desh Premi'. He used to do hero's role as well as the comedy. Even Kishore Kumar sir used to do it. There are very a few people who did it and so I just followed it," he added.

The 48-year-old actor said that he is happy to see comedians getting a lot of work in movies and on television now.

"They (comedians) have a lot of work, there are 180 films made every year, there are a lot of TV shows happening and there is comedy in ads nowadays."

Akshay is back with a light-hearted film 'Singh is Bliing', which also stars Amy Jackson, Lara Dutta and Kay Kay Menon. The film, directed by Prabhudheva, is set to release on October 2.


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