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Akshay Kumar wants to get back to action

After being a part of many laughter riots, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar says he doesn't want to do comedy for a while. Vajir Singh chats up the star.

entertainment Updated: Sep 04, 2007 11:44 IST
Vajir Singh
Vajir Singh

Do you relish compliments?
Absolutely and when they come from critics, that's like sone pe suhaga. We had a blast shooting Heyy Babyy.. now that it's a hit, we're wondering - what if we had all been serious during the shoot?

Have distributors been calling you?
No. Why should I get calls from distributors? No one has my number. They'll call the producer (Sajid Nadiadwala). Today Sajid and I've become better friends.

Better friends?
We're friends from our school days. Now we're asking each other.. why haven't we done more movies together? We will do more movies together in the days to come...for sure. I'm happy that the entertainment sector is growing by leaps and bounds. This year, I've scored a 100 per cent, with my two films (Namaste London, Heyy Babyy). Now-a-days, there are so many films..if any one of them runs, it's a big event.

You have Bhool Bhulaiyaa and Welcome coming up soon. Both are comedies..what's up?
That's a misconception. Bhool Bhulaiyaa is not a comedy but it does have some scenes that are comic. Its content is serious but the touch is light-hearted. There's one murder after another in a house. The person on this killing spree isn't even aware that he's the murderer. He has a split personality. And Welcome is also not a ‘comedy-comedy .' It wouldn't be right to disclose the story yet.

<b1>It's said that Priyadarshan and you have resolved to do at least one film together every year.
That would be my good fortune. Since the last three years, we've come up with one film together annually. He's a master when it comes to blending comedy with situational drama.

Aren't you limiting yourself by working with a few pet directors like Priyadarshan, Anees Bazmee and Vipul Shah?
What're you talking about? To date, I've worked with 14 new directors. (Pause) Maybe more, I've lost count. So many actors don't take the risk of working with new directors. I'm not working with just my ‘pets' or setting up a camp.

The script is the criterion for doing a film. If it gives me a chance to change my image, that's even better. I want to keep reinventing myself.

Is reinvention your mantra for success?

I don't know any mantra for success… no one does. But yes, I don't want to do comedy for a while. I'll be switching back to action roles for now. The last time I did an action movie (


) was two years ago.

How come you're being teamed time and again with Vidya Balan and Katrina Kaif?

So? There are so many top actresses but they're busy working with other directors, other banners. They only work with big banners. That's their prerogative. So when they don't have dates, you make your own team. That's what I'm doing.

Isn't it strange that no one has linked you with Vidya Balan yet?

Maybe the media forgot to do us this honour.

Last time you worked with the Yashraj banner was for

Dil to Pagal Hai

. Afer a gap of 10 years, you're working with them in


. Your take.

It's an honour to work with them.

Have you signed on a multiple project deal with Yashraj?

I don't have any kind of deal with them. I don't make any deals with anyone. I'm only doing


with Yashraj.

You're acting in Nagesh Kukunoor's


.. isn't it a copy of M Night Shymalan's

The Sixth Sense


Nagesh never makes copies. He's one of the few directors who believes in making originals. He would be the last man on earth to copy or "get inspired."

That's what I admire about him and that's why I'm working with him. Whoever started this rumour doesn't know what he is talking about.

The news is that you have accepted to act in Shirish Kunder's Joker.
It's too early to talk about this at the moment.

Trade news is that you're charging Rs 15 crore a project.
(Laughs) That's an understatement. Excuse me? Whoever gave you this trade news is understating what I charge.. only my producers and directors know what I charge.

First Published: Sep 04, 2007 11:19 IST