Holiday is Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film where he plays the role of a soldier and a uber romantic. East FM’s Riya Sharma and Vikash Pattni caught up with Akshay and managed to take him down memory lane and make him laugh and sing a Kenyan song.
Riya: Hi Akshay, this is Riya and I’m with my colleague Vikash and we are calling you from East FM, Kenya’s Premier Asian Mix
Akshay: Oh! That’s lovely! Jambo! Habari yako? Jambo sana!
Riya: You’re playing the role of a soldier in the Indian Army. Do you feel that adds to some sort of pressure on you Akshay?
Akshay: Let me explain the whole concept to you first. It’s about this soldier who comes back for a holiday back home after fighting on the border line and realizes there are more enemies in the inside the city itself where he stays. So that’s why, whenever a soldier sees enemies, he’s never off-duty. That’s the whole concept behind it. And it has been taken from true stories, clippings and cuttings from the newspapers.
Riya: You play two very different roles in the film. You’ve got that really amazing romantic side as well in it, and of course you play a very serious role. Do you find it challenging to switch personalities like that?
Akshay: No, because as I said earlier he has come for a holiday and his family actually wants him to get married so they show me a girl because at the end of the day, it was a holiday, and then how he is then the part of terrorism, so both the sides are there. At the end of the day it’s just a character and for me because I’ve done so many films it becomes easy to switch over from character to character. Honestly speaking, it’s not a really difficult job.
Riya: What is it like to work with Sonakshi Sinha?
Akshay: She’s beautiful, she’s extraordinary, talented, and obviously this flows in her genes, and she’s very professional and hardworking indeed. I’ve done many films with her, enjoyed every time, we had great chemistry on screen, and I have one of my best hits with her so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for this one as well.
Riya: What’s been the most memorable part of the movie for you?
Akshay: Playing an army officer itself is a great opportunity and another thing which has been most important was working with the director Murugadoss. When the director himself writes a whole film and directs it, because he knows the film by heart, and he knows each and every way it’s meant to be – you don’t actually have to do much of homework in terms of prepping for the role. He knows what he wants from me and I just have to do as he directs. So to work with that guy Murgudoss, who was a brilliant director according to me, and who knows his craft very well has been the best part about the film. It’s also my first move with him.
Vikash: Akshay there was an awrd that you had won and this was for Best Actor for Singh is King, and you actually dedicated your award to Aamir Khan for Ghajini because you felt he was more befitting of this.
Akshay: Gosh! I had completely forgotten that. Thanks for reminding me! I think it was an amazing job that he had done and thanks again to Murugadoss for doing such a great job with Aamir. Also Ghajini was written by him and his Tamil movies have been huge hits and I totally feel he is extraordinary.
Vikash: I follow you on Facebook as well and recently you had posted a picture of you going to Nepal where there was a tremendous crowd that had come just to see you and catch a glimpse of you. Will this actor ever take aholiday and come to Kenya?
Akshay: I’m most definitely going to come and I’m going to go to Mombasa too, and you know something I really remember, a Swahili song, which I used to know by heart….
Riya: Is it ‘Jambo jambo Bwana?
Akshay: laughs I think every tourist knows that song!
Riya: Was it Malaika?
Akshay: No I don’t even think you might know the song. It was Hinde. Maybe if I sing a little bit of it you guys will figure out which song it is. I’m apologizing and sorry if I sing it wrong or my pronunciation is off but I’m talking about a long time that I used to sing this and it goes something like this:
He breaks into the song, and he’s totally off with the words
Akshay: Does it ring any bells?
Vikash: Actually yes, it brings a memory of your song from Ajnabi where your song ‘Kassam se teri aankhen’ inspired Anu Malik.
Akshay: Exactly! Excatly! I had taken that song and made it in Ajnabi. I must congratulate you for remembering it.!
*carries on singing*
Riya: Akshay what one message do you have for your Kenyan fans who are really looking forward to your movie and also hoping that someday you will come to visit us?
Akshay: I would just say please do watch the film and do watch Indian films, forget just about mine, watch every film. We make it with a lot of hard work and we make it for you to enjoy and get entertained. Also I would just like to say always be with your parents, be with your mother and father, take good care of them, they need you. This is especially for the youngsters I want to say this, never ever leave them.
Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty is an upcoming Bollywood action thriller film written and directed by A.R. Murugadoss, and produced byVipul Shah. It features Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead roles, along with Govinda in a supporting role. It is a remake of a 2012 Tamil film Thuppakki starring Vijay and Kajal Agarwal in lead roles.The film is scheduled to release on June 6, 2014.