Known as an action and comedy star, Bollywood’s ‘khiladi’ Akshay Kumar, who delivered a hit with “Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty”, says he enjoys doing a range of movies for his fans, but loves the “Heyy Babby” genre of entertainment most.
In an interview, Akshay has spoken out about his next release “Entertainment”, the fact that he works with newcomers and the variety of work that he picks on as an actor.
Excerpts from the interview:
Q. Your next release “Entertainment” is an out-an-out comedy. Do you feel your fan-base enjoys you in the laughathon the most?
A. My fans are incredible! Whatever makes them happy, I’m willing to do. They gave me so much praise for “Holiday…” and requested I do more cinema like this. But at the same time they said they still can’t wait for “Entertainment” to release! So I think if I give them the best of both worlds, which I’m juggling to do now with my next three films, then by god’s grace they’ll be happy, and I’ll feel worthy of their love and support. I am nothing without them.
Q. That’s really modest of you.
A. It’s the truth! Actors are the ones that are supposed to set trends. But it doesn’t matter how much we think something works, if the audience says ‘NO MATE’, we can do nothing but walk away with our tails between our legs and come back with a better option next time.
Q. Curiously your main co-star in “Entertainment” seems to be an over-sized canine. The last film I remember about the rapport between the hero and a canine was “Teri Meherbaniyan” with Jackie Shroff. Do you feel films about the relationship between the hero and the animal kingdom like “Haathi Mere Saathi” can grab today’s audiences’ attentions?
A. Absolutely! In “Entertainment”, I think you’d have to be pretty cold-hearted not to feel for the Man vs Dog relationship. Believe me, there are more dog lovers out there than there are action freaks.
Q. How relevant is “Entertainment” to today’s definitions of movie entertainment?
A. Comedy isn’t relevant, comedy is what it is, it’s timeless, it’s fun, and if anyone tries to make it anything more than that, then they are “barking” up the wrong tree. Pun intended!
Q. This is also your umpteenth film with a debutant director, a duo of debutant directors – Sajid-Farhad. Do you enjoy working with new directors as much as you do with established ones?
A. Absolutely, if not more, as I can be more free to be versatile with debutants than with established directors, as they love to learn experiment and improvise with scenes much as I do. Most acclaimed directors like to play it their way and their way only, which is great, because you can’t be on fire all the time. But all kids like to run wild sometimes and continued…