July 29, 2010 03:17:06 PM IST Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
In his two decade career so far, Akshay Kumar has done close to 100 films so far. However, in majority of films that he has done, he has played a cool urban guy. Also, even in those films where he may not be cool after all and would be closer to the real world (read HERA PHERI, HOUSEFULL, DE DANA DAN, 8X10 TASVEER), the background has always been urban. No wonder, when he got into a small town setting for KHATTA MEETHA, eyebrows were raised. Doesn't Akshay feel that a small town setting is a little risky because could have alienated a larger segment of urban audience?
"If people refuse to see a film because of its poorer settings then all I can say is that you obviously don't live in the real world", says Akshay, "I mean no harm but it is our villages that supply urban cities with milk and food and other basic things. You cannot pretend to refuse to acknowledge them."
Sharing an example of a film that went on to be a global phenomenon despite its 'poor background', Akshay states, "I remember a lot of people not wanting to see SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE in India because of its subject. People were saying that why would anyone go and watch a movie based on what was surrounding them everyday. Yes, truth is that India does have slums and villages but everyone knows that it's not called 'Incredible India' for nothing. I wouldn't want to disappoint any of my fans, but at the same time I am not going to pretend that I live in a world full of rainbows."
He fondly remembers the time when he shot for KHATTA MEETHA a few months back. "I adored our little village where we shot the film. Everyday, I was able to visit the temple right where we were shooting. That was a blessing to start with."