Actor Akshay Kumar has set a new record of sorts in Bollywood by finishing the shoot of his upcoming film, Jolly LLB 2, in just 30 days. And for this, he credits the film’s team.
“I think Jolly (LLB 2) has beaten all my previous wrap up times. It’s fast-paced and magical to work with Subhash Kapoor (director), who is so well planned and prepared,” he says.
Akshay is also known to be very particular about his work shifts and says, “Punctuality is my gift to him and his script and planned screenplay is his gift to me.”
The 49-year-old adds that a simple setup and working ‘smart’ ensured the quick wrap. “Our producers shot in real life situations and places, so there were no sets to wait for or light bills to be afraid of. We shot all the songs back to back, we worked early, late and all hours in between,” he says.
Commending the team for their hard work, he says, “Even the army needs a day off and so does my team. Despite the quick shoot, we still had the Sundays off, but we worked double on Mondays... it’s been a great experience.”
Meanwhile, Akshay, who comes from an army family and is known to have great respect for the men in uniform, has spoken up for them. The actor recently released a video condemning debates around banning Pakistani artists from working in India, after the Uri attacks where 18 Indian soldiers lost their lives.
While the industry was debating if Pakistani actors should be allowed to work in India, Akshay who has already offered financial help to the families of the deceased soldiers said in the video, “These debates can happen later, first realise that people have already lost their lives at the border. Are their families, or the families of thousands of jawans, worried whether an artist will be banned? No. They are worried about their future. And our concern should be to ensure that their present and future is better. I am, because they are, you are, because they are and if they are not there, then India won’t exist. Jai Hind.”