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Akshay-Ash to turn tables

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is eagerly waiting to play the DJ at an Action Replayy promotional event scheduled for next weekend. But initially she was not expected to turn tables with co-actor Akshay Kumar.

bollywood Updated: Sep 18, 2010 13:24 IST
Hiren Kotwani

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is eagerly waiting to play the DJ at an Action Replayy promotional event scheduled for next weekend. But initially she was not expected to turn tables with co-actor Akshay Kumar.

Apparently, Bachchan is not pleased that her hero hogging all the limelight when the first promos of the film were unveiled since she was out of the country. “It was Akshay’s birthday and knowing that he’d be the focus of attention, Aishwarya stayed away from the action that day. But later, she realised that skipping the launch had majorly backfired on her,” points out a source in the unit.

So, when she learnt that her hero would be playing DJ for real, she insisted on sharing the stage with him and has been learning to turn tables since. Given that she is a global star, Bachchan believes she should get her share of the spotlight too.

Musical rewind Producer-director Vipul Shah admits that cooidinating the dates of his two busy actors is difficult. “But we’re keen to put up a good show,” he asserts. The event will be hosted at Poly Esthers, Colaba. Quiz him on why he strayed away from the suburbs and Shah says that Poly Esthers is the only place that plays retro music in a big way. “And that suits us fine since a major portion of our movie is set in the 1970s,” explains Shah.

He admits that the audience will expect one-upmanship from his actors at the do but argues that they should view it as “healthy competition”. Shah, meanwhile, is chalking up his list of fave chartbusters from the swinging ’70s.

“I’ll happily share my choices with Akshay or Ash if they were to ask me but for now, I I’d rather stick to their favourites,” he smiles.