Exclusive Interview – Akshay Kumar
When it comes to successfully masking comedy and action roles, Akshay Kumar is surely a name that popup in Bollywood. The Khiladi Kumar has consistently wooed his fans year after year with box office hits. Here’s what he shared with the TBS team when we caught him in action in an exclusive interview.
TBS: What has been your most comfortable genre of films?
A.K: Action! Martial art has always been my first love. I always call myself a stuntman first and then an actor. I am so glad people have started making films n martial arts and self-defense, which is actually the need of the hour.
TBS: Why did you learn martial arts?
A.K: To be honest I had learnt martial arts for a girl. So I started learning the art to impress her, but eventually I started loving martial art more than the girl. So later it became a habit it became fun.
TBS: What do you have to say about celebrities doing films on sports. Salman is preparing for Sultan; Aamir is shooting for Dangal and you recently acted in Brothers?
A.K: I think it is great that sports as a plot is interesting our industry and because of this not just cricket but other sports are also coming into the picture. The idea is to promote various sports. And soon I wouldn’t be surprised if one day like IPL, mixed martial arts would have its own global tournaments in India too.
TBS: Actors always want to look young, but are often seen sporting the salt and pepper look with grace why so?
A.K: Why hide anything. What is there to hide about? It is my age, which I am proud of. If any of my characters require me to blacken my beard I do it, otherwise I don’t.
TBS: When you are working on a remake of any film, does the original character interfere with your way of acting?
A.K: No it doesn’t interfere at all. Most of the films are only 60% taken, rest is a director’s input. I have done many remakes in my career but it has never interfered.
TBS: What do you think about the new lot of actors?
A.K: Well, I haven’t worked with a lot of them. But I like Sidharth (Malhotra). He is a lot like me. We both are from Delhi, both are fathers are from the Army. We have a lot of similarities.
TBS: Do you think there has been a change in action as a genre?
A.K: Absolutely, it is changing. People want to see realism in action now. People want the actors to perform than the computers performing. Though I have done both, I enjoy the realism of action more.
Thank you Akshay Kumar for being a part of this amazing action-packed ride. We wish you loads of luck for your upcoming projects.
Interviewed by Anita. M