I May Turn Director Too in Few Years: Akshay Kumar

By Dibyojyoti Baksi

Mumbai, Apr 29 (IANS): He had written "Namastey London", turned producer with his Hari Om Productions and has of course acted in umpteen actioners and comedies. Now Bollywood star Akshay Kumar says he may wield the megaphone as well after a few years.

"I wrote 'Namastey London'. I had given the concept of 'Waqt - The Race Against Time'. I don't sit and write a story. I meet people and if their stories touch me, I try putting them on the big screen. In 'Namastey London', the character is real. He is a friend of mine from Jalandhar. It happened to him," Akshay told IANS in an interview.

Talking about his directorial plans, he said: "As of now, no. But you never know. Three years back, if you would have asked me whether I will produce a film, I would have said no. But then I became a producer...anything can happen in this industry. After three-four years, I might direct a film as well."

Akshay's next film "Housefull" releases Friday and director Sajid Khan presents him as "the world's unluckiest guy". But the actor says he has been quite lucky in real life.

"I have been lucky with my life. I made a good career. I didn't have any godfather in the industry. Whatever I have achieved in life is because of my luck and a little bit of hard work," Akshay told IANS.

"I am playing a very unlucky man in the film. He believes his luck will change when he finds true love and gets married. So he starts searching for the right girl. It's total entertainment," the actor said.

Shot in Britain, Italy, Hong Kong and India, the film also stars Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta, Jiah Khan, Arjun Rampal and Riteish Deshmukh. Akshay says he's never given a thought to why most comedies are multi-starrers.

"I never sat down to analyse why it's like that, but a lot of people want two, three actors together when they make comedies. Nowadays when you are doing a comedy, you are not a hero, you become a character. That's the best part about doing a comedy. You have to act not only as a hero but also as a comedian and as an entertainer. There may be more points in it, so they choose to make it a multi-starrer," said Akshay.

From his first film "Saugandh" (1991) to "Housefull", Akshay has come a long way and in his almost two decades-long journey he has tried every genre, but feels he still has cope to explore.

"There are a few genres, which people can actually do. But these genres, be it comedy or tragedy, are so vast that more you explore it, you realise there is something you have yet to do. Comedy has different angles, romance has different angles; so it's never ending. I would like to do a horror comedy," said Akshay.

He is known for doing all stunts himself. Asked if he ever felt scared, he said: "I fear doing every stunt. I think one should fear because then you take double care of your safety. There is a good fear and a bad fear. There is a good fear with me, which tells me to do the stunts but safely."



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