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Guess who is Akshay Kumar’s guru? His ‘acting instructor’ Chunky Pandey

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar says slapstick comedy like Housefull 3 might be looked down upon by people, but he believes it is the toughest genre to work in.

bollywood Updated: Jun 03, 2016 08:17 IST
Akshay Kumar,Housefull 3,Chunky Pandey
Chunky Pandey and Akshay Kumar attend a press conference for Housefull 3 in Mumbai on Thursday.(AFP)

Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar says that his Housefull 3 co-star Chunky Pandey used to be his instructor in an acting school almost three decades ago, and he used to be a huge fan of Chunky and would look up to him.

“The place where Chunky Pandey sahab used to learn acting, he used to be my senior there. When I used to go there as a junior, we used to look up to him and we used to wait for the moment when he would come. His film Aag Hi Aag (1987) had released, which was a super duper hit. I used to be a huge fan of Chunky Pandey,” Akshay said at a promotional event for their film.

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When their co-star Abhishek Bachchan pointed out that Akshay said “used to be a huge fan”, Akshay quipped: “After that he lost the plot.”

Akshay Kumar does a dance step during a press conference for Housefull 3. the film releases today. (AFP)

As Chunky recalled that he “used to be his (Akshay’s) instructor in an acting school” and Akshay quipped: “See my initial 50-60 films and see how I have shone in them.”

About his experience on the franchise, Chunky said: “It’s just gone better and better all the time. For the first, Akshay has a lot of contribution to it, with lot of dialogues that we improvised on set and made it there.

“I think in every Housefull, we keep making most dialogues on set. I think it’s been a lot of fun. I hope we make Housefull 50 also one day.”

Actors Akshay Kumar and Jacqueline Fernandez during the promotion of film Housefull 3. (PTI)

With his “I’m joking” one of the most popular lines in the Housefull franchise, Chunky revealed that he would often say that to his wife and she would respond by slapping him.

Chunky featured in popular films such as Tezaab in the 1980s, Aankhen in the 1990s and has continued acting till now. About Chunky looking the ‘same’ over almost three decades, Akshay said: “Actually since a long time, he looks this way , I feel that in the night, he goes and sleeps in the fridge. The actual secret is that he always keeps laughing. I have known him since 27-28 years, but I have just not seen him sad ever.”

First Published: Jun 03, 2016 08:15 IST