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The difference between a self-made man who paves his own way and the one born with a silver spoon is evident when you meet Akshay Kumar in person. Easily one of the biggest names in the industry today, Akshay is nowhere near the ‘starry tantrums’ we’re used to at most interviews.

brunch Updated: Nov 16, 2013 10:33 IST
Usmeet Kaur

The difference between a self-made man who paves his own way and the one born with a silver spoon is evident when you meet Akshay Kumar in person. Easily one of the biggest names in the industry today, Akshay is nowhere near the ‘starry tantrums’ we’re used to at most interviews.


In Chandigarh on Thursday for the premier of his debut Punjabi flick, Bhaji in Problem, Akshay gets
talking about the film with his co-stars Gurpreet Ghuggi and Gippy Grewal.

Produced by Akshay Kumar’s Grazing Goat Pictures and Ashvini Yardi, the Punjabi flick has been directed by Smeep Kang, known to deliver hits such as Carry on Jatta and Lucky Di Unlucky Story. The film also stars TV actress Ragini Khanna and veteran actor Om Puri, besides cricketer Harbajan Singh’s much talked-about special appearance.

Talking about his debut in the Punjabi film industry, Akshay initiates the talk by saying, “This is my first Punjabi film as a producer; I have plans to take Punjab’s cinema to a whole new level. The kind of films I want to make here would be no less than Hindi cinema.”

Gurpreet Ghuggi adds to it by saying, “Punjab has a rich culture, and some parts of our history are still unexplored. Akshay and I have very thought-provoking scripts in mind for Punjabi cinema. One of the issues we want to bring to the limelight is that of drug abuse among the youth of Punjab; it is
eating us whole. We want to find a way to redeem the youth of Punjab.”

Talking about the quality of Punjabi cinema being produced these days, Ghuggi adds, “Everyone debates about filmmakers just wanting to make comedy films here. According to me, the reason they are doing this is because it takes time to create an audience for mature cinema; we need to give time to the audience also to grow.

Once we have such movies in mind, we also need experienced producers; not people looking to get
one-time lucky.”

About the extra dose of comedy in the film, Akshay says, “I have done 105 films so far. If I look back at all of my films, and all the comedy films I have seen so far, I realise that I haven’t fallen down a chair with laughter.

But, this movie and its dialogue writing has really tickled my funny bone.” Ask him why, despite such a successful run in Bollywood, did he turn to Punjabi cinema, and he says, “It is just out of my love for Punjab that I am here.”