From Shilpa Shetty to Katrina Kaif, Akshay Kumar has worked with most of the leading ladies in Bollywood but the star finds it odd that filmmakers never thought of pairing him with Aishwarya Rai.
The duo are coming together for a full-fledged romantic film for the first time with Vipul Shah's Action Replayy that comes after their brief track in Khakee.
"Our on-screen relationship in Khakee was quite unconventional and actually came with a chilling twist. Still, people had really liked us in Khakee and it is rather odd that Ash and I did not work together after that," Akshay told PTI.
Talking about his co-star in the movie, Akshay says that unlike her diva image, Aishwarya was fun to work with.
"Ash is simply fabulous and one of the reasons that we shared incredible compatibility as actors and people is because she brings in the same focus, energy and discipline to her work as I do," Akshay said.
They will play a bickering couple onscreen in the movie but Aishwarya was devoid of starry tantrums on the sets of the movie, which is slated to release this Diwali.
"Aishwarya is not a diva. She does not throw tantrums. She does not come with any baggage whatsoever and is an extremely easy person to work with. It's refreshing to work with someone with whom I have not worked with for a while."
After a string of movies with Katrina Kaif, Akshay was seen opposite Deepika Padukone (Housefull), Trisha Krishnan (Khatta Meetha), Aishwarya Rai (Action Replayy), Anuoshka Sharma (Patiala House) and Sonam Kapoor (Thank You).
Does not he believe that his pairing with Katrina has been over exposed?
"When I do a movie with Katrina, people say 'What? You are working with her again?'. On the other hand when I don't do a movie with her for some time, people say, 'Oh, why didn't you take Kat, you're the best onscreen couple'."
While Akshay looks for the release of Tees Maar Khan in 2011, the wait continues for the leading lady of Joker. As things stand today, it won't be Katrina as the toss up is between Deepika Padukone and Sonakshi Sinha.