Actors Akshay Kumar, Ileana D’Cruz, Esha Gupta, Arjan Bajwa and producer Neeraj Pandey visited Hindustan Times office on Wednesday to meet the winners of HT City Stars in the City contest, and promote their upcoming film, Rustom.
A fan wanted to know about tips for a happy married life. Khiladi Kumar didn’t disappoint him. “Stay happy, keep the other one happy, bachche paida karo (have children). And be a disciplined husband, and reach home on time after work,” Akshay replied, garnering a thundering applause from the audience.
The cast also cracked jokes, danced to their film’s song, Tere Sang Yaara, and shared why they signed the film, which is set to clash with actor Hrithik Roshan’s Mohenjo Daro at the box office on August 12.
Watch: Akshay, Ileana in Rustom trailer
In conversation with Sonal Kalra, National Editor - Entertainment & Lifestyle, Hindustan Times, Akshay said that Rustom has been getting a lot of support from the film fraternity, with many actors posting videos to promote the film. He said, “Salman (Khan) was the first guy to do it. Then, Ranveer Singh, Sonam (Kapoor), Sonakshi (Sinha), Karan Johar and Varun Dhawan did it. It’s actually a great thing they did it. They took the pain and gave time to something like this, this is a big thing for us. At a time when there are rumours of actors clashing with each other (at the box-office), this a good move by the industry to show that we all are together. I hope this continues with other movies also,” said Akshay.
Although much has been said about the clash of Rustom and Mohenjo Daro, Neeraj is not worried. “I have been in this situation earlier when my films have clashed with other good films. The quantity of films we make is so large that they will end up coming one after other. (In this case) They announced the release date first and then we came up with ours. This shows that there were no jitters. We are not counting on the other film, we are focusing on our film,” he said.
Esha plays an intense character in the film and hopes that the audience will love her performance. “I would really love when the audiences return from the theatres and say, ‘We hated Priti Makhija (Esha’s character in the film)’. That’s the only thing I am looking forward to because that’s the kind of character she is. She is fighting for the right thing and seeking revenge for her brother’s death. Her personality is negative,” she said.
Ileana’s character in the film is involved in an extra marital affair. She, too, never hesitated from coming on board. “I said yes right away. I was so excited when I heard the script. So, there was no hesitation from my side. I think, trickier the role, the better it is for me,” said Ileana.
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