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Akshay Kumar: They are the Khans for a reason!

By HT

New Delhi, July 15 -- Twenty five years in an industry don't necessarily make one haughty, shows actor Akshay Kumar.

He debuted in Bollywood with the 1991 hit, Saugandh, and the 48-year-old is still as inspired and excited about his career.

Admitting that family keeps him going, he talks about competition and moolah. The Khans are a force to be reckoned with, but they are the 'Khans' for a reason.

"I've never competed with them, it'd be wrong of me to want to. I know what I am and where my name and effort can take me. I'm happy with my space in this world. I admire their star power and salute their success, as they do with mine, but we're not in the same race. I don't usually keep track or believe in the number game but to be one of the only two Indians (he and SRK) in the list is a matter of immense happiness, especially when one comes from humble beginnings. I believe in doing my best and it has paid off so far. I feel blessed. Making my family proud. They keep me going through every twist and turn in life. If I couldn't come back home to them at the end of every day, I wouldn't be half the man that I am today. They are my secret ingredient (to success)."