October 27, 2010 05:45:17 PM IST Joginder Tuteja, Glamsham Editorial
Barring an odd KHAKEE where Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were not conventionally paired opposite each other, the duo has never shared screen space together. In fact it is surprising that none of the existing filmmakers ever thought of bringing the two together. This is the reason why it is reason to celebrate when Vipul Shah made it possible with ACTION REPLAYY. Though one would have wondered whether the new pairing would indeed work on the big screen, Akshay quashes all speculations and states that as two seasoned professionals, it wasn't difficult to adjust to each other.
"Ash is simply fabulous and one of the reasons that we shared incredible compatibility as actors and people is because she brings in the same focus, energy and discipline to her work as I do", says Akshay when questioned about the tuning that he shared with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan during the making of ACTION REPLAYY.
Still, the fact remains that while Akshay is known for being pretty rooted and grounded off the screen, Ash carries a Diva image wherever she goes. Didn't such contrast in persona prove to be a deterrent by any means since they are literally complete opposites?
"Let me correct you right at the start", says Akshay gently, "Aishwarya is not a 'Diva' if by being a Diva you mean tantrums, demands, arrogance and stuff alike. She does not come with any baggage whatsoever and is an extremely easy person to work with. Also being in the industry for long, I too well understand how to interact with a co-star depending upon his or her personality traits."
ACTION REPLAYY is eyeing a huge release on 5th November 2010.