Thursday, April 9, 2009

Interview with Akshay Kumar

Kumar is one of the most interesting, and best-paid, Hindi stars. He flew under the radar for a long time, and then burst into top-tier films like a supernova. He's had a string of superhits (Chandni Chowk to China notwithstanding), not just in India but abroad. Like Hrithik Roshan (pre-knee surgery), he does his own stunts in movies, and the trickier, the better. He comes from a very humble background, worked as a cook, studied martial arts, until he accidentally got a modelling gig, which lead to acting. In this clip he talks about working in 8 X 10 Tasveer with Nagesh Kukunoor, a young, maverick, auteur type making some of the best films around. (see Dor, Iqbal, Hyderabad Blues, Teen Dewarein.)

Akshay has had quite the week, receiving the Padma Shri (a high indian honor for contribution to India), and then being charged with obscenity for this. That's his wife Twinkle undoing the button. Keep in mind this was for the Levis Unbuttoned campaign and all the models undid their top buttons. I suspect this Bollywood "obscenity" case will be laughed out of court as they always are.