|Action Is Easy Akshay Kumar
As he awaits the release of Housefull 2, Akshay Kumar reflects on the different film genres and being part of the film's 'dirty dozen'
He has proved himself in both action and comedy. But kicking and boxing in front of the camera is far easier than making the audience laugh, says Bollywood star Akshay Kumar.
"Action is easy, it is very easy. Comedy is difficult," Kumar said on the set of Neeraj Pandey's Special Chabbis.
"You know, you can kick your legs, punch someone very easily and do action. In fact, action can even look great through camerawork. Also, for an emotional scene, you can put glycerine in the eyes and make any artist cry, and the viewers think he is crying, so people also start crying," said the actor. "But to make someone laugh, you have to work very hard. It's very difficult to make people laugh. So comedy is tough — the toughest," he added.
Kumar became the undisputed action star of Hindi films with projects like Khiladi, Sabse Bada Khiladi, Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi, International Khiladi, Waqt Hamara Hai and Mohra.
In 2000, he tried his comic timing in the hit movie Hera Pheri. It was followed by others like Garam Masala, Phir Hera Pheri, Bhagam Bhaag, Welcome, Singh Is Kinng, Housefull and Tees Maar Khan.
"Nothing has changed about comedy. People enjoy what you give from the heart. Don't try and go by the trend. Go with your heart and mind — if you do your work with sincerity, it will always work," said the actor who has done about 100 films in his 25-year career.
"The audience only enjoys an entertaining film. See, the black and white film The Artist is the talk of the town. Who knew that a black and white silent film would come in 2012 and do so well and take away the Oscar?"
"So if you make a film with your head and heart, it will always have a connect with the audience," said Kumar, who is now waiting for the sequel of Sajid Khan's 2010 comic film Housefull to hit the theatres on April 5.
Housefull 2 has been subtitled "The Dirty Dozen", thanks to the number of artists in it.
Apart from Akshay, it has Riteish Deshmukh, Shreyas Talpade, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, Asin Thottumkal, Shazahn Padamsee and Zarine Khan in the cast. They are joined by senior actors like Mithun Chakraborty, Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor and Boman Irani to complete the dirty dozen.
Unlike most stars who find it cumbersome to work with so many actors, Kumar says the experience was unmatched.
"Multi-starrers are fun to work on. There are so many actors, so many people that you end up laughing and giggling with, even during the take. The director gets fed-up and says cut, but somebody or the other keeps goofing up or saying something wrong," he said.
"A director needs to have patience enough to put up with all of this. It's a very difficult job to do. But Sajid does it well. Sajid is a mad man, and only he can handle this," he added.
I Never Wanted To Be An Actor: Parineeti Chopra
Parineeti Chopra, the 23-year-old actress who made her debut opposite Ranveer Singh in Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, has won almost all female debutante trophies at major awards shows. Vivacious and full of energy, she talks about her life-changing shift from marketing and PR to acting, turning to older sister Priyanka Chopra for advice and films ahead.
You were in the PR division of a production house. How did acting happen?
It's true… this time last year, I was working for Yash Raj Films, and within 12 months I've finished my second film! I used to coordinate interviews for Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Shahid Kapoor and Rani Mukerji. I was their manager, bodyguard, assistant and PR person. I never wanted to be an actor; I was a nerd and weighed 85 kilos, so naturally becoming an actress was never on my mind! I studied finance and was a topper. I even went abroad to study further but returned during the recession. That's when I came to Yash Raj. People would tell me, 'Your cousin is a heroine, why don't you get into acting as well?' That really irritated me. But when I saw the process of acting up close, I felt like I could do this well. By then I'd met Maneesh Sharma (Band Bajaa Baraat director) and we'd become friends. He told Aditya Chopra that he wanted me to play Dimple. He asked me to do a dummy audition for fun and I did not know the tape would reach Adi. A few days later, I got a call from Maneesh saying I had to sign a three-film deal with the studio!
What about comparisons with Priyanka?
I can't compare myself to her, but I've always wanted to be an equally good actor. She's a typical big sister. After watching my first film, she hugged me for five minutes. She gives me real advice because she's gone through the same things. Thankfully, I haven't faced any problems because I have people like her, Maneesh and Adi around me.
Was it a downer having to play a cameo in your debut film as opposed to Ishaqzaade, where you are the main lead?
Not at all. Maneesh and Adi told me this was the right thing to do and I trusted them. Dimple wasn't an ideal launch in the sense that it wasn't my solo lead film, but I knew that if I did a good job then people would notice me. That's what Adi said too and it was true.
Was it intimidating working with Ranveer and Anushka?
I wasn't nervous. On my first day on set, I had a scene with Ranveer and Maneesh was worried about what I would do. But I just walked on set, looked at the camera and gave my shot with ease. I wasn't intimidated and felt comfortable in front of the camera. There were days when I struggled, but I was never camera conscious.