Only tragic roles get you a best actor’s award: Akshay Kumar

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 23, 2015 19:55 IST
Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson promote Singh Is Bliing. (AFP)

He may have essayed several comic roles and his biggest earning films have been the funny ones. Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, however, claims that acting skills are recognised only when one portrays romantic or tragic roles.

Hera Pheri, Welcome and Singh is Kingg are just some of the many hit films Akshay has had. ”I love comedy. It is a difficult genre to do but unfortunately comic hero doesn’t get his due in this industry because we look down on it. Unless you do romance and tragedy, you don’t get best actor award. If you are making people laugh, it looks like buffoonery. It’s very sad that this happens,” the actor said..

“Long back Amitabh Bachchan sir did comedy in Desh Premi. He used to do hero’s role as well as the comedy. Even Kishore Kumar sir used to do it. There are very a few people who did it and so I just followed it,” he said. The 48-year-old actor added he is happy to see comedians getting a lot of work in movies and on television now. “They (comedians) have a lot of work, there are 180 films made every year...there are a lot of TV shows happening and there is comedy in ads nowadays.” Akshay is back with another action-comedy - Singh Is Bliing which also stars Amy Jackson, Lara Dutta and Kay Kay Menon.

The Baby star was keen on having Lara in the movie. The two have earlier worked together in the actress’ debut Andaz, Housefull, Bhaagam Bhaag and others. “I requested her to come and be a part of our film. The whole story is that Amy Jackson (other co-star) does not know how to speak Hindi and I don’t know how to speak English and our romance starts but there is communication gap,” Akshay said.

Praising Amy, Akshay said, “She is one of the best fighters that I have come across as a heroine, and she is beautiful.” For Singh is Bliing, Akshay shot with a Lion and the actors calls the scene as the biggest stunt in the movie. “I shot with a lion and that is the biggest stunt. I am not fighting with him... he is just sitting behind my car, he has got a huge face,” he said. “The lion’s name is Mufasa, a full grown lion... He is very loving but you are taking a risk sitting with him,” he added. The film

Singh Is Bliing, directed by Prabhudheva, is set to release on October 2.

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