Akshay lives it up in style

AKSHAY’S MARKET price surely has reached the skies and with Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Akshay undoubtedly one of the hottest stars in Bollywood. A chat with the new king of Bollywood.

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Published: Wed 24 Oct 2007, 11:00 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:48 PM

Having worked with Priyadarshan in so many films, is there anything about his working style that caught you by surprise while shooting for Bhool Bhulaiyaa?

He is a constant surprise and that's why every day is a new challenge. He expects you to give what he has not derived of you before and that is what makes him that special.

Do you watch your own films? If yes, do the gags always make you laugh?

Yes, I do. Self-evaluation is best. I laugh at some of the gags. Most of the times is what happened around the shoot of the gag is what makes you laugh even more. I have the best job; I make people laugh and I am paid for enjoying myself doing it.

Is there any comic scene that you've done which later made you want to cry for being banal?

There is a conviction in everything you do.

Is Akshay Kumar, India's number one actor with a great body and comic timing, willing to reinvent himself?

I assume I have already been doing that with diverse characters. Reinvention is a must on a day-to-day basis.

Do you fear burnout someday? If so, what measures are you taking?

You burnout when you do something you don't enjoy as a ritual. As an actor, I have the option of inventing something each day. I will burnout the day I stop working.

What's the costliest price that you are having to pay for being in this glamour profession?

The personal side that is attacked without a thought given to the repercussion an article may have on my family.

Do you think that as a husband you haven't inspired Twinkle enough to tap her acting potential further instead of limiting herself to excelling in the field of interior decoration?

She is immensely talented and she takes her own decision. She felt her true calling in life was interiors and she is doing just that. I am proud of what she creates and at the same time if she wishes to act again, it's good for all of us and the industry.

If your son gets an offer to debut in a child actor's role, will you be surprised? As his guardian now, will you let him do commercials or films?

I think I will let him grow just now. When he is old enough and he wants to do something I would be by his side. But that's for him to decide and not for me to dictate. If he is wrong I will stop him. Either he convinces me or I convince him.

There is still a debate on whether India has good film critics. Can you smile at a critic who has ripped your film apart if you meet her/him on the Saturday the review is out?

I always have.

What are the challenging projects you have in the pipeline?

Eight by Ten by Nagesh Kukunoor, Singh is Kinng by Anees Bazmee, Made in China by Nikhil Advani.

If you were to make a choice between doing a clichéd mainstream Bollywood role and a bit role in a Hollywood project, which one would you choose and why?

I am an actor in Indian cinema. I am respected for what I do and I don't crave to be recognised elsewhere unless it happens with dignity and respect. Our industry is big enough for us to be proud of it and may I remind you, it's Indian cinema and not a take off on Hollywood.

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