Adding charm to the Eid festivities in the City Beautiful, actors Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha and Imran Khan thrilled the crowd when they walked into the PVR multiplex at the Elante Mall.
Looking stunning in serene white – Akshay looked dashing in his ethnic kurta-pyjama, Sonakshi was gorgeous in an elegant suit, while Imran shone in a white T-shirt – the three were in the city to promote their upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara!
The movie, a sequel to the box office hit Once Upon a Time in Mumbai (2010), which was successful both commercially and critically, would be released on August 15 this year.
This time, director Milan Luthra has roped in the beautiful Sonali Bendre to play a supporting role to the leads Akshay, Sonakshi and Imran.
Here is what they said about their upcoming movie, and lots more…
“I am working with a big star like Akshay sir for the first time in my five-year career, but I must say that he made it very easy for me to work with him. He is really a humble, friendly and jovial person,” shared Imran Khan.
Talking about playing diverse characters in various movies like Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na, Delhi Belly, Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, and now OUATIMD, the versatile actor said, “You have to convince the audience about your character time and again, but first I have to convince myself about every character I play,” says Imran.
“Delhi Belly’s sense of homour is something I can relate to well as I have a similar sarcastic sense of humour in real life as well,” he laughed.
“While the first OUATIM was about the real fight for power in Mumbai, this is a fictitious film with fictitious characters. There is a love triangle between a hero, a heroine and a villain, and it will take you back to the era of 70’s,” said Sonakshi Sinha.
About her on-screen chemistry with Akshay Kumar, who has been her co-star in two movies earlier, the pretty actor said, “As actors, we have to adapt to every script differently, and the on-screen chemistry changes accordingly. Working with Akshay has always been fun.”
She said that the movie was about good boy versus bad boy, adding, “In real life, I like good boys.”
“I play a villain in the film. I feel lucky to have got a role like this after a long time, and that too with young and talented co-stars like Sonakshi and Imran,” says action hero Akshay Kumar.
Saying that he signed the movie because of the “interesting” dialogues, screenplay and script, Akshay shared, “It is rare to see a villain romancing the heroine in our movies, but Milan has executed the scenes really well.”
Asked about his favourite villain, Akshay promptly mentioned the veteran baddie Ranjeet.
“Ranjeet ji is my favourite villain, so I was really happy when I got to work with him in Housefull 2,” he smiled.
Reminiscing about his Bollywood journey, he shared, “The going has been tough as this industry does not welcome newcomers so easily, but when it does, it does with open arms. I had to make my own way from being rejected by those from A-class as I was part of B-class films, to becoming an A-class actor. I am thankful to Pramod Chakravorty for giving me a break in the industry, and I still cherish my first pay cheque for R5,0001.”
“My Punjabi film ‘Paaji in Problem’ is almost ready as Gurpreet Ghuggi and Gippy are finishing the dubbing nowdays, and it will be released on September 20,” the actor turned producer revealed.
Asked the secret of his youthful looks, the handsome actor, who is in his forties, said, “Even today, I use desi ghee made in my home land Punjab. It is a myth that ghee is not good for health. In fact, it decreases the cholesterol-level.”