"My producer likes it especially because he gets a lot of rebates."
Akshay Kumar is one of the most recognizable film actors in India, with hit films such as 'SINGH IS KINNG' and starring opposite Sylvester Stallone in 'KAMBAKKHT ISHQ'. This month 'The Screening Room Xtra' catches up with Kumar in London as he shoots his latest film, a romantic comedy called 'Housefull'. Myleene Klass talks frankly with the Bollywood star about his career to date. Plus, this year marks the fortieth anniversary of the legendary rock festival Woodstock. Oscar-winning director Ang Lee recalls that famous ''SUMMER OF LOVE'' in his new film 'TAKING WOODSTOCK'.
Below mentioned is the full transcript of the interview
AKSHAY KUMAR and MYLEENA KLASS
MK -Akshay you are here in London making new film Housefull, How has your experience in London I hear you had some problems with the lead actress Deepika Padukone coming down with malaria. AK - Oh that happened just for four or five days, it was okay after that. We had a lot of work to do so we went to plan B. We couldn't go to plan A. So yes that was there but then it was okay. She was released so it was fine...
We're on schedule, we're actually two days earlier now. And the weather has been supporting us a lot. And now the ashes are going to begin today and I hope it goes to five more days because I'm a big fan of cricket.
MK - Are you enjoying your stay in London? AK - I must tell you I've made three films here before and they've all been quite successful so it’s been quite a lucky place. And now there's a 4th one.
MK - So you must be an Anglophile AK - My producer likes it especially because he gets a lot of rebates. And that's an honest thing. But the city has great locations. We have 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 enjoyed coming here and shooting. By next year I’ll be coming with another film x.
MK - You are one of the biggest stars in the world, how difficult is it to stay on top? AK - This is CNN and an honest confession. I’ve just been lucky. There's a lot of times I tell you I’ve watched my films and I see it and I think it's not a good film. And those films worked. Like I tell you another film of mine was 8x10Tasveer. I love that film… When I saw it, its good but it didn’t work at all. So I don't know exactly what works and what doesn't work. You just flow. There have been films I watch and it has just gone completely wrong. But I like “Chandni Chowk To China” which was one of my films and I was very confident I did with Warner Brothers and it didn't work at all.
MK - Why do you think it didn’t work? AK - I think it was the storyline. Like Kambakht Ishtq was another film where that combination got together (Bollywood and Hollywood) so that worked. But this one didn't. So it's not the combination it's actually the script and sometimes the script doesn't work.
MK - Is it difficult to find really good scripts? AK - I actually read a lot of scripts. I go and read it and I don't just read it myself. I read it and I give it to my friends also. There are few of my friends who have nothing to do with film and what they have to say. It’s not own decision. I also talk to a lot of other people also. What they have to say about the script also. Actually before coming here I was reading a script early morning. It was a romantic film and it's been a long time since I did romantic films so I was thinking I quite like that film.
I want to do more romance. I’ve actually gotten bored of comedy and action. Yes, I just want to do some romantic films. And that's what my new thing is; next thing is going to be. …I've done quite a lot of comedy now and I don't know sometimes an actor is very sensitive about what he's doing and where he wants to go ahead and do. I know comedy has worked a lot and it 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. So now I've never done a complete romantic film. I've done Dhadkan which was 8 years back. But now I wanna get into it and do atleast 2 or 3 romantic films now.
Mk - What was it like working with Sylvester Stallone in Kambakht Ishq? AK - Well it was great, and it was an honour to work with him. Though the first time, I was gonna work with him when I saw him we were both gonna be quite battered.
MK - So you clicked? AK - Yes… Because he loves Thailand. He has shot many of his films in Thailand. The last film he also shot there so... And I also belong from there. For five years I worked as a waiter there. I was working there long before I came into this line. So we had a lot to discuss when he came to know that I stayed there for six years in Thailand. And I knew a little bit of Thai, and I did Thai kickboxing, so we clicked a lot over that. And more of that, we also discussed knees, I think my knee and his knees also - he's gone trough a lot of pain. And the same thing happened to me so we were discussing that.
Mk - What do you believe is the secret to success in the film industry? AK - … When I think about the big picture. It’s actually your hard work, your punctuality. It’s very central in my industry. Even if you're not a good actor to be a producers actor is very essential…If you finish your films on time, 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 along with me for a very simple reason, because I was a producer’s actor. I had good films still coming with me... I had finished all films in a 3 month span. Even if they went for loss, they still preferred working with me. And after that, I even thought my career was over. But it still carried on. So that's one of the most successful things is that if I say it from my heart. I would say my success lies on the feet of my parents because that's been my biggest strength and that's what we Hindus believe. Every morning before we go to work just touch your parents’ feet and go ahead in life. That’s my personal belief and I followed that in my life. And I told a lot of people and they have also been success. People may believe it or not but that's exactly what I believe.