Akshay Kumar turns 40 next month, and coming up are films like Heyy Babyy, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Welcome and Tasveer. With one solo hit this year already, the actor is raring to go. HT City caught up with the star:
A solo hero success after a long time with Namastey London. How does it feel? Your take on the film making it to the Oscar library...
Who does not like success? Name one person and he is lying I assure you. It’s a great feeling that my film made it to the Oscar library as the story was my idea, based on a real incident of a friend of mine.
Akshay is a trusted hero in Bollywood now...how does it feel, after having seen so many ups and downs?
Thank you for the compliment. It has been a process of learning. Only if you fall do you learn to move on with more strength. Never let success go to your head…the fall then is very difficult to handle…
Isn’t Akshay Kumar getting typecast with comedy?
It’s kind of weird if you make people laugh. People start suggesting that you are getting typecast. If you do action films then again you get typecast. What I realise is that I am making an impact in every genre, so let the notion of my being typecast persist. As an actor it’s important to make a mark in every genre and I think I am getting there. My forthcoming films include a sci-fi film with Nagesh Kukunoor, an action film with Nikhil Advani and more.
<b1>Even Namastey London had shades of humour, isn’t it?
We are here to entertain. We make you laugh, we make you cry and along the way we create dreams. That’s what good cinema and wholesome entertainment is all about…so please don’t shoot me if I make you laugh…
How different a comedy is Heyy Babyy?
Heyy Babyy is a very emotional film besides being a comedy…a bond of a child and a father is very strong and emotional and nothing compares to it…
Working with Sajid, a comedy king...was it easy?
Sajid has been a friend for the last 14 yrs. He is amazing with his comic timing and the film was a cakewalk. Sajid knew his script well and also what he expected from his actors and that is what he got. I learn from every outing of mine and even with Heyy Babyy I have come back more aware as an actor.
If you were to name one hero in recent times who can give you a run for your money in terms of comedy that would that be?
All of them…everybody laughs at our flops don’t they. A hit becomes a successful film and flops a comedy. Each role demands a certain amount of personalisation. It would be wrong to compare any actor. Each actor has a different way of approaching a scene. As of now I am trying to compete with myself.
Doesn’t Akshay ever want to get back to the action hero mould?
When did I leave that behind? It’s just that each film has a different demand. If an action film comes by that too will happen.
What’s the latest with your deal with Warner?
Like my deal with Miramax, Universal, Sony pictures, Eva Green and Spielberg productions, when it happens it will happen.
How much has Akshay Kumar grown as a person with success?
From Bangkok to Mumbai, from a boy to a man. From single guy to married father… that’s my success…a happy family….