Actor Akshay Kumar is all set for a biographical film post some socially relevant and patriotic films like Airlift, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Padman. The actor is essaying the role of Tapan Das in the upcoming film Gold which is based on the hockey sport. Directed by Reema Kagti and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani under the banner of Excel Entertainment, Gold is scheduled to release on the occasion of Independence Day in August.
In an Interview with Cinespeaks, actor Akshay Kumar speaks to us.
Q: Tell us something about your upcoming film Gold?
Akshay: Gold is a story of Tapan Das who brought the Gold Medal at Olympics for independent India. The story is incredible and I was amazed with the script of the film when it was narrated by director Reema Kagti. Javed Akhtar has written few lines in the film. I play the character of Tapan Das who is a manager and Hat’s Off to this man for forming a team of 11 members and bringing the gold medal for independent India.
Q: How important is sports in a person’s life?
Akshay: I feel sports is extremely important for every human being. In a country as small as Croatia, every citizen is supposed to play one or another sport. Sports is an integral part of daily lives and everyone plays some form of sport. They made it to the finals of FIFA recently. So, it is very important and I urge everyone to play some sort of sport to our countrymen.
Q: Tell us something about your look for the film?
Akshay: My look is adapted from a real life journalist and I wouldn’t take the name of that person. The look is different and I feel blessed to have played this character in my career.
Q: You have earlier worked with female directors like Farah Khan, Tanuja Chandra and now with Reema Kagti. How is to work with women directors?
Akshay: They are all different individuals and have unique approaches in their own ways. Tanuja and Reema are more driven towards the reality side and Farah is inclined towards the commercial side.
Q: As an actor, you constantly keep on investing energy in your films. Where do you draw this from? What inspires you or keeps you going?
Akshay: I draw all my energy from my family. A lot of it also comes from the holidays which I spend with my family. At home, we have a rule of having either of breakfast, lunch or dinner together. We sit down together, talk and discuss anything. I feel it is very healthy and everyone should have holidays and spend quality time with their family.
Q: How is it to be back on the sets of Housefull 4 post some socially relevant and patriotic films?
Akshay: I am on a paid holiday (laughs…).
Q: Any particular sport which you feel should be represented on celluloid?
Akshay: I think Kabaddi should be represented on screen. A film on Kabaddi sport would be wonderful.
Q: There are reports of you being paired opposite actress Kareena Kapoor Khan in a Karan Johar film. How true is that?
Akshay: Well, I haven’t shared anything yet on my Twitter account. You’ll have to wait for it.
Q: Are you still a part of Mogul?
Akshay: No, I am not a part of the film now. I had creative disagreements with the makers at the script level.
Q: What is the status of your forthcoming film Kesari?
Akshay: We have almost finished the shoot of the film. Few small portions are left to be shot and the film will release next year in March.
Q: If a biopic is made on you, which actor would you like to portray you?
Akshay: I would never like to see a biopic being made on me. It would be the shallowest thing. I am just a film actor. I feel biopics should be made on great personalities like Tapan Das and Arunachalam Muruganatham. These are the personalities who have led our country towards positive direction. So, I feel biopics should be made on real life heroes.