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Akshay Kumar reveals that he was made to feel like an outcast in Bollywood

indiantoday.in||There was a time when Akshay Kumar was given stepmotherly treatment in Bollywood.

With back-to-back hits, Akshay Kumar is one of the formidable forces in Bollywood today. And if you thought box-office numbers did not guarantee quality, Akshay won the Best Actor award at the 64th National Film Awards, last year.

The actor may be in a cushy place professionally now, but in the initial days, he was treated like an outsider. Akshay told PTI that how an actor was treated on the sets of a film depended on how his last film did at the box office.

"Yes, I was made to feel (outcast). I remember while doing a two-hero film, my three-four films didn't work, but his (the other hero) did. We were having an equal role, but he gets a suite room and I get a single room. He gets an amazing car, but I get that 'you come in the bus,' yes it really happens," he said.

Incidentally, the behaviour changed once his films struck gold at the box office. "If my films work, I would get a bigger room. Sometimes from business class, I was shifted to the first class when my films were running. When my films were doing exceptionally well, I would get a private jet as well," Akshay said.

On the work front, Akshay is gearing up for the release of his film, Padman, which is based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, the brainchild behind the world's first low-cost machine for making sanitary napkins. Also starring Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte, Padman will hit the theatres on January 25