"While men tend to believe
that brute strength can get them everywhere, the fact is it was
women who got them there in the end," said the actor.
He feels that women's mental strength also comes
to play in physical activity - something which reflected in their
performances when compared to men.
"I have said this quite a few times now
that I believe women to be way stronger than men. It's high time
that our society gave them credit for this," said Akshay
when asked if one of the major reasons for doing "Khatron
Ke Khiladi" was that he found it empowering for women to
go ahead and face the challenges of life.
"If men were so brave, how come god made
sure that it's only women that give birth? We may be able to lift
more bricks, but that's about it. Level two is a perfect example
of what I am getting at," he added.
Akshay has been in the industry for close to
a couple of decades now. Does he feel that women have evolved
over a period of time when it comes to stunts?
"I genuinely think if we had proper schools
for stunt training and facilities where men and women could train,
not only would our heroines be as tough as us heroes but our country
would be healthier and more experienced. Most Indians don't know
how to swim, though not due to any fault of their own but because
they are not given the opportunity to learn," he said.
Regarding the current bunch of actresses, Akshay
says, "As for actresses nowadays, they have a much tougher
role to play - they are not all sari- wearing beauties any more.
They have more demanding roles."
He indicates that audiences should not expect
him to hog the limelight as an action hero on the show.
"If you want to see me in action, then watch
my movies. That's because 'Khatron Ke Khiladi' is about the 'power
of our sexes' and not about checking out what is Akshay Kumar
up to this time. My stunts are just a bonus and a little treat
for my fans," he said.