‘Akki is a great host’

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Jan 29, 2011 12:03 AM IST

Funnyman Sajid Khan has managed to rope in Akshay Kumar into the awards-comparing hoopla.

Funnyman Sajid Khan has managed to rope in Akshay Kumar into the awards-comparing hoopla. The director recently hosted Zee Cine Awards in Singa-pore where for the first time he had Akshay Kumar for company. Sajid says more about Akshay’s debut as an award host: “A lot of people were very surprised to know that Akshay is going to host but I wasn’t because I have worked with him on two films and I know how spontaneous, hardworking and at the same time funny he is.”

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The loyal friend adds: “Hosting comes naturally to me. But Akshay was hosting for the first time. He not only had to get it right but also silence a lot of critics, which he managed very well. The tone which we caught was one of fun rather than one where somebody’s sentiments can get hurt.”

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Asked if Akshay was nervous since this was his first time, Sajid says, “Akshay wasn’t nervous, it was just a new territory for him. He did a lot of improvisation. I usually improvise 70-80 percent in an Awards night.”

Sajid reveals more on the kind of jokes heard on the podium. “We basically cracked a lot of jokes on each other’s films. For example - ‘We are your two stars and we have done two films and that’s precisely how much we have received in our reviews - two stars,” he chuckles.

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