May 3, 2010 (Calcutta Tube): Once and for all Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar sets the record straight on his pairing with actress Priyanka Chopra by saying he’s all for the pair coming together again.
“But will she do a film with me? The ball is in her court. I do mostly comedies. I think Priyanka hardly ever acts in comedies,” reasons Akshay.
Clearing all doubts about his ability/inability to work with Priyanka Chopra, Akshay says, “Excuse me, we’re all professionals here. And the two of us have done very successful films in the past. I’d love to work with Priyanka Chopra again. Mujhe koi aitraaz nahin hai. But I’m only doing comedy films these days. I don’t know whether she wants to do a comedy film. Even Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan is a comedy.”
Having decided he would do predominantly comedy roles Akshay is now on the look-out for ways to make it interesting. “Even if it’s comedy, it better be interesting. If I continue doing the same thing over and over again I’d be asked to pack up sooner than I’d like.”
Akshay had a ball doing Housefull. “Not just the three ladies but also Riteish Deshmukh and Arjun Rampal. Riteish was great fun. Shooting was a playground with him around. He just cracks me up. We once put all the cutlery at the breakfast table in a hotel in Italy in Jiah Khan’s bag and told the waiter to check her bag. Jiah took it sportingly. Arjun Rampal too has great comic timing. Lara Dutta is such an elegant lady and yet she be can one of the boys when it comes to comedy.”
We’ve heard of actors carrying their roles home. But Akshay Kumar would be the first actor to take his part to the playing field. Having been training as a bowler Akshay Kumar is all set to play national-level cricket.
Akshay Kumar is fast learning to be a professional cricketer and plans to play at the national level soon. “I’m working towards it. Practicing my cricket gives me the biggest high. Every morning I look forward to practicing with Balwinder Singh Sandhu.”
Akshay is rapidly becoming an expert bowler. “I am not yet good enough to play national-level cricket but I am getting there. I’ve been taking bowling lessons for Patiala House from one of the best trainers. I’m trying get to a national level. I’m very sporty by nature. So it was quite easy for me to pick it up.”
Akshay trains in cricket for a couple of hours every day. “I’m getting good enough to play beyond the film. And I will very soon. I promise you.”
–Subhash K Jha / Sampurn Wire