In 1977, Hollywood actor John Travolta made women go weak in the knees thanks to his pelvic thrusts and dance moves in the cult film Saturday Night Fever. More than 30 years later, actor Akshay Kumar hopes to do the same.
In his upcoming movie, Action Replay, Akshay does a desi-Travolta in a dance number alongside actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. “I am a big John Travolta fan and pleased to step into his dancing shoes,” says Akshay.
“The 1970s were full of energy, which is why retro is so hip. There is something about the fashion and music of that era that makes it so funky even today and perhaps it will always be that way.”
A self-confessed Travolta and retro music fan, Akshay boasts of having watched Saturday Night Fever many times. “I caught the wow factor on the set when this stylish duo was dancing. We have retained the flavour of John’s 1977 hit, but our song is original,” says Vipul Shah, the film’s director.
The song has been choreographed by Ganesh Acharya. To design the duo’s look, Shah called Oscar-winning makeup artist Paul Pattison from Australia. Seven looks were designed, out of which this (see pic) one was finalised.