Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, who will be seen in the role of a naval officer in Rustom, has said, “I didn’t specially sit down and took books to learn about the navy rules and regulations. I didn’t interact with any naval men, only there was one naval officer who was guiding me throughout about how the salute is, how the badges are to be worn, how the uniforms should be and how the walk should be.”
Akshay plays a Parsi in Rustom. About how he prepared for the Parsi character, he said: “I have a Parsi secretary-manager, she is the reference point and my best friends in my school time, there was a guy whose name was Rustom, we used to call him Dodo. I know Parsis very well. I can speak a little bit of the language. The only thing I did was that I copied my manager’s father’s moustache.”
Rustom also stars Ileana D’Cruz and Esha Gupta.
Talking about Rustom, Akshay said: “This kind of a screenplay, script has never been written before. When a man goes the other way, his wife has to forgive. Nobody has shown when a woman goes the other way and comes back, then what happens.”
“When I’m getting ready, I wear my navy trousers and a banyan inside, till that time I am okay, normal. When the uniforms used to come, the badges, the cap, my walk completely changed; I started gliding. There is something about uniforms that it gives you a certain kind of responsibility; it just tells you, ‘you are the man, you take the charge, you do everything’,” Akshay said.
He added, When you see the movie, you will see that my walk has changed while I’m entering the courtroom or anything. So I envy these people who wear uniform. That’s why I also did the contest that whenever you see a guy in a uniform, have a selfie,” Akshay said.
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“I don’t have any regrets (as an actor) and I am happy that I am in this industry. I look at my journey without any regret and anybody would love to be in my shoes. If I even had a bit of regret, then there is no point because of whatever god has given me, there is no space for regrets,” Akshay said.
Akshay, who made his debut in 1987, has dabbled in myriad genres like action, comedy, romance and drama. But the Khiladi star says he is keen to be a part of a horror comedy.
“I want to do a horror comedy. I did Bhool Bhulaiyaa, but then after that I didn’t get a script like that. I feel two different genres like horror which has a fear element and comedy which has laughter in it... To combine both of them together is very difficult. Only Mehmood was successful in that. I would like to do that genre again,” added Akshay.
He has previously donned the uniform as an army officer in Holiday, anti-terrorism secret agent in Baby, an Indian Air Force officer in Andaaz and as a police officer in films such as Aan: Men at Work, Khakee, Mohra, Main Khiladi Tu Anari, and Khiladi 786 among others. He will also be seen in a lawyer’s uniform in his next film Jolly LLB 2.
Directed by Tinu Suresh Desai, “Rustom”, based on the K.M. Nanavati case, also stars Ileana D’Cruz and Esha Gupta.
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