"Sure, I was disappointed when Jaan-e-mann didn’t click,” admits Akshay Kumar. “I thought my role of the astronaut was quite unusual...also the film did have a certain stylistic flair.”
The new, much-improved actor flits from the studios to media chats (currently on for Bhagam Bhag), jets off to Delhi for a press meet for Microsoft.
He talks about X Box 360,a gaming device which may be costly (Rs 23,000) but it has been made more accessible by an installment credit plan with a bank.
Utterly techno-professional, if he’s been up to the old khiladi tricks, there’s no evidence of it anymore.
“Arre, I’m a complete family man..” he insists. “You media types used to call me Casanova. But now, believe me, there is nothing more precious to me in the world than the smile of Tina (wife Twinkle) and my son Araav.”
On Tuesday, he leaves with them for a White X’mas holiday in New York. “After all,you have to keep the family happy if you don’t want to be thrown out of the house,” he grins.
Next week his third film with director Priyadarshan races into the multiplexes: “Inshallah, it will be our hat-trick hit after Hera Pheri and Garam Masala.It has been an upbeat year,” AK states, “but next year, it will be even more rocking.”
Does he intend to get into a corporate deal too like other actors?…Does he wish to become a producer like so many of his peers?
“I don’t have a final take on those questions,” the actor responds. “Right now, it’s the quality of the film that counts. I aim to be versatile – today I can handle the action, dance, romance, emotional departments with equal ease. I’m looking at scripts carefully ..if my gut instinct says, go for it, I do.”