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Going beyond Hera Pheri

Akshay Kumar's choice of films is driven by the script and the director, writes Hiren Kotwani.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 16:50 IST

Six years ago Akshay Kumar lured his two friends Paresh Rawal and Suniel Shetty into playing a game that would fetch them lakhs overnight.

While the transit from broke and bankrupt to lakhpatis wasn't without struggle, Hera Pheri went on to become a runaway hit.

This Friday, the three return for an encore in Phir Hera Pheri, one of the most eagerly-awaited sequels of the year.

One catches up with the Khiladi Kumar for a quick chat about his forthcoming release.

 

 Phir Hera Pheri releases this Friday

"

Phir Hera Pheri

wouldn't be complete without Raju, Baburao and Shyam," he begins, adding, "All three of them were essential for the script to come into existence, which starts off from where

Hera Pheri

ends — where they win the cash reward."

Does that change his Raju as a person? "Not really, but just as in Hera Pheri, Raju is instrumental in taking the script forward. He first talks to them about investing their money wisely and earning immense returns from it.

"Initially, Baburao and Shyam are sceptical about his idea, but they soon give in to his convincing reasoning. Raju is the driving factor in the film because he's the one thinking of ideas for making money, whether by fair means or by cheating. The film should be seen as a medium of entertainment; though in real life there are people who make money by hera pheri. Raju is basically a very lovable guy."

Having been lauded for his performance in most of his comic roles in recent times, Kumar seems to have bid adieu to action.

"There's nothing like that. Earlier when I did action films, people used to say that I'm not experimenting and that I'm sticking to just one kind of roles. Now when I'm doing a good number of comedies, people are saying the same thing. I've done a lot of romantic films too. There's never been any pressure to do different films just for the sake of it. My doing a film depends on the director, script and the kind of role I'm playing."

Question him about the changes fatherhood has brought about in him and he says, "It's something that happens to every person during his life. One thinks and acts in a more responsible manner. One tends to think and act keeping his kids and family in mind."