But he could get his game back on track with his next realistic film, Special 26.
In fact, Anupam Kher has gone on record to state that Akshay should be given the National Award for his performance in Special 26!
The caper-heist adventure film recreates a true-life incident from March 1987, when a bunch of conmen posing as CBI officers raided a well-known jewellery store in Mumbai and walked away with loot worth lakhs of rupees.
Director Neeraj Pandey, who earlier made the gritty and realistic anti-terror thriller A Wednesday, stressed on the fact that his film is not a documentary-styled blow-by-blow recreation of the real events, but a fast-paced thriller where the characters are not just many steps ahead of the law, but also a few steps ahead of audiences' expectations.
Special 26 also stars Kajal Aggarwal.