Abhishek Bachchan, Lisa Haydon, Jacqueline Fernandez, Akshay Kumar
Abhishek Bachchan, Lisa Haydon, Jacqueline Fernandez, Akshay KumarVarinder Chawla

Akshay Kumar's "Housefull 3" is out and doing well at the ticket-window. Comedy is one genre that has always worked for the superstar but, strangely, he wants to stay away from such films for a while.

"I just want to give away comedy for a while because how long can you do one genre. You can do it for 3-5 months, and then you start getting bored of it. Like when I used to do a lot of action films, I used to actually feel bad about having to go every day and do action films. I needed a change," he told IANS.

His next, "Rustom," will surely give him the change he's looking for right now. The Tinu Desai film is a crime-drama based loosely on the infamous Nanavati case of 1959, in which a naval officer was tried in the court for shooting his wife's lover.

Scheduled to open in theatres on Aug. 12, the same day as Hrithik Roshan's "Mohenjo Daro," the film stars Esha Gupta and Illeana D'Cruz in key roles. After "Rustom," Akshay will complete portions of "2.0," in which he plays a mad scientist who turns himself into a crow after a lab experiment goes wrong.

This surely will give him the break he wants from comedy. Rumour has it he has also signed Neeraj Pandey's satirical comedy titled "Toilet — Ek Prem Katha." Apparently, it focuses on Narendra Modi's much-talked-about Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

"Neeraj has been in talks with Akshay for 'Toilet — Ek Prem Katha.' It seems Akshay has loved the script which has the right message. The actor has almost confirmed to Neeraj with who he shares an excellent rapport. If all goes well then the makers will make the announcement soon," a source told Absolute News India.