Actor Akshay Kumar is many things to many folks - an action hero, comic star, romantic lead and a social crusader. Perpetually difficult himself and reinventing his work has made him a follower favourite over the years. Speaking to Rajeev Masand prior to the release of his upcoming film Kesari, Akshay Kumar disclosed a number of things which could take some of his most ardent fans by surprise. Just like the time he was shooting for Waqt: The Race Against Time.
On being questioned concerning how the film was rather high on emotional quotient, Akshay disclosed that the film will always remain special for him. Waqt, that is actually a film on the bond between a father and a son, as it played out on screen was what was happening in his life, at that point, as well. In the film, Amitabh Bachchan, who played Akshay’s father, was shown suffering from cancer. Throughout the shoot of the film, Akshay’s dad too was struggling against cancer.
Speaking about it, Akshay Kumar said: I actually have terribly clear memories of the film. That was the time when my father was fighting cancer. And this film additionally had Mr Bachchan having cancer. If you see those scenes, they're real scenes. It absolutely was a really exhausting film on behalf of me showing emotion. There were so many times when the camera had stopped but I couldn’t stop.”
Akshay fielded a whole host of questions; concerning how Here Pheri was one film that altered his image from an action star to a comic actor. He disclosed how after that film he vowed to himself that come what may, he would never let get caught in an image and the way taking risks has been a part of his theme of things for a long time. In Ajnabee, he played a negative role (of a man who suggests that they bent swap wives) and had no qualms doing so.
He also spoke about how playing a Sikh character does something to him. Speaking in the context of Singh Is Kingg and now Kesari, he revealed how when he wears a pagdi (a headgear) he feels more powerful and responsible.
“I feel very powerful when I make a film with a turban on my head. When I did Kesari when I used to wear the pagdi, I use to feel so powerful, so responsible; my back used to become straight. There is also a scientific reason - when you tie a pagdi, it presses your head so much that actually, you realise that you have to keep your body straight. There is something about it which gives you that power.”
Akshay additionally spoke concerning how Toilet: Ek Prem Katha came about. He mentioned how the script had been doing the rounds in industry circles for four years and the way it absolutely was known as Sandaas: Ek Prem Katha. He disclosed Neeraj Pandey, who co-produced it with Akshay, was keen on another actor and the way he had to force the director to change the name of the film. Meanwhile, on his work front, Kesari will release on the occasion of Holi (March 21).