A producer’s actor speaks

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar with Myleene Klass in a still from the CNN International show to be aired on Thursday.

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar with Myleene Klass in a still from the CNN International show to be aired on Thursday.  

Madhur Tankha

Akshay shares the secret of his Bollywood success

NEW DELHI: Actor Akshay Kumar will share the secret of his success in Bollywood with Myleene Klass in “The Screening Room Xtra” on CNN International this Thursday.

The special interview was done recently in London where the star, who gave hits like Singh is Kinng and Kambakht Ishq recently, was shooting for his next romantic comedy, Housefull, with Deepika Padukone.

Sharing his experience of shooting his latest film, Akshay reveals that there were some problems as Deepika was unwell for five days. “We are on schedule now. And the weather has been supporting us a lot.. .. I made three films in London earlier and they were all quite successful so it’s been a lucky place. ”

Asked whether he was an Anglophile, Akshay ducked the query saying his producer liked shooting in London: “The city has great locations. We have had no problems shooting. Whatever permissions you want you get it here. All you have to do is apply earlier and let them know what you want. So I think it’s a very friendly place and that’s why we enjoy coming here and shooting. By next year I’ll be coming here with another film.”

Akshay admits that some of his films were not good enough yet did good business. “Another film of mine was 8x10 Tasveer. I love that film but it didn’t do well….. I liked Chandni Chowk to China..…and I was very confident it will do well. But it didn’t work at all….”

The actor is longing to do romantic films. “I’ve got bored with comedy and action. I want to do some romantic films….. I know comedy has worked brilliantly for me. Earlier when I used to do action I would never think about comedy and then I started getting into it and I was quite successful. I’ve never done a complete romantic film. I’ve done Dhadkan which was made some eight years ago.”

Describing hard work and punctuality as the secret of success, he says: “When I think about the big picture, it’s very central in the industry. Even if you’re not a good actor, to be a producer’s actor is very essential…..If you finish films on time, you save a lot of money for the producer. I remember there was a time when I had delivered 14 flops in a row. But I still had movies for the very simple reason that I was a producer’s actor. I finished all films within a three-month span. Even if the films flopped, they still preferred working with me.”

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