February 3, 2011 04:58:59 PM IST Joginder Tuteja, Glamsham Editorial
A couple of years back Akshay Kumar was seen in Nikhil Advani's CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA. The actor had continued to stand by the film and its director before as well as after the release of the film and had immediately consented to work on PATIALA HOUSE.
The subject chosen was altogether different this time around with Akshay Kumar going sober in a film which deals with family values with a strong cricket background to it. Rest assured, can one confidently state that after an out and out fun film like CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA, it must have been a totally different atmosphere on the sets of PATIALA HOUSE?
"In a way yes", says Akshay, "You see, I absolutely adored making CC2C. Whether it was the action, the comedy, the stunts or the training, it was a very entertaining yet difficult movie to shoot. On the other hand PATIALA HOUSE has been shot very calmly, very quietly, very respectfully."
Elaborating on the shooting experience of PATIALA HOUSE, Akshay adds, "Don't get me wrong; the songs were a lot of fun. Shooting with such a huge family was a lovely experience. However there is so much emotion required in this film that obviously the sets were very sober. But then Nikhil still famously jumps out of his chair when he loves a shot. He is a man who wears his emotions up his sleeves and I love that about him."
Getting emotional about his association with Nikhil so far, Akshay says, "I am one of the very few people who know Nikhil's every movement. He is very passionate about films and works tremendously hard. I for one know that the man hasn't slept since CC2C. No, that wasn't out of fear but out of drive to make a movie he really cares about."