‘I am only as old as the heroine I’m saving’

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar is completely in Blue mood and is not complaining at all. Hiren Kotwani chats up the actor.

entertainment Updated: Mar 12, 2009 17:06 IST
Hiren Kotwani
Hiren Kotwani
Hindustan Times

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar expresses a wry sense of humour in a quote martial with Hiren Kotwani...

If you were a journalist, what’s the first question you would ask Akshay Kumar?

I would ask him if he would ever be so stupid as to call himself a king? (Laughs) And I would kindly answer it with, “I don’t have the guts to call myself a good actor.. let alone a king.”

How would you sum up your role in



For those of you who know me well by now, I’m no spoil sport. So, for now, I shall only say I’m finally playing a rich dude. Money, boats, bikes and babes, that’s pretty much me this time.

Having preformed so many dangerous action sequences, what new stunts have you put yourself through in



(Laughs) The kind that I plan never to attempt again. God saved me this time but I don’t want to push my luck any further. I have dived to extreme depths with no oxygen, cracked my head open whilst surrounded by 40 sharks and survived.

I have ridden bikes through dangerous territory and swam beneath an explosion that I will remember for the rest of my career. There

are no plans to repeat that for sure.. I assure you. Hollywood definitely knows how to scare the living daylights out of their actors.

How does Kylie Minogue fit in?

Like a glove. The pop princess couldn’t have been more perfect. Not only her beautiful voice, even her bubbly personality is adored by many. Like I said before, it’s all about my glamorous babes and me. Kylie definitely is the perfect diva.

What did you treat Kylie to when she came lunching?

My wife (Twinkle Khanna) laid out a spread fit for a king. And before you ask, no, I didn’t cook. (Laughs) I’m a good cook but not that good. But I sliced up our Indian mangoes. I guess that counts for being a chef. I just wish Kylie would come over every day.

Have you heard any of Kylie’s songs before?

Of course.. I have, that’s why I can’t get her out of my head.

You’re working with quite a few international stars. Is it a strategy to move to Hollywood?

No, I plan on bringing them all here to Bollywood and giving them a tan. I’m not sure who’s more excited today.. us going to Hollywood or them coming to Bollywood.

It doesn’t matter. I adore my industry with all it’s madness, just like they do. If I get a chance to work on an incredible script, I don’t care if a 10-year-old African boy from Thailand wrote it. I would do anything to create good cinema for any industry.

At 42, what would you like to play next?

A role that still make me appear young. A role I would fall for instantly. But by referring to my age, you make it sound as if I’m over the hill now and should only play ‘uncle roles’.

Sorry mate, I’m only as old as the heroine I’m saving. And since they all tend to all be in their 20s, I have reason to be happy.

On what note would you like to end this interview ?

(Smiles) A good one, if that’s possible. The choices we make today, dictate the life we lead. So don’t worry, be happy. I’m sure your life will shine brighter than mine.

First Published: Mar 12, 2009 14:05 IST