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02-24-2013, 03:08 PM #1
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My father-in-law used to call me buddy: Akshay Kumar
Actor Akshay Kumar speaks his mind on the many issues plaguing Bollywood, and on his equation with his late father-in-law Rajesh Khanna.
Even as you promoted Special 26, the industry was boiling over... and these are not the catfights among heroines any longer. Serious issues, strikes, demands, fights...
This is revolution time in Bollywood, as everybody can sense. Somebody's going to ask, somebody's got to give, somebody is going to fight, somebody is going to say things aloud, somebody is going to stop something, or do something. It is definitely time to change, as every one of us can see, and it is not only in Bollywood, but every aspect of your and my lives that is undergoing a change. Coming to Bollywood, it is time to have somebody gauging the industry with a different point of view. The rules and regulations have to change, and that is what's been happening. It is a good sign, ke people are saying this is right and this is wrong, there is a voice, and that voice is loud, and is being heard. Whatever is happening, I believe, is happening for good. In that somebody is paying for all this, is the saddest thing. But that too has to happen, I guess.
The film industry has been talking about going on a strike over the Service Tax issue. Will you be participating, were it to happen?
I don't believe in going on strikes. I can survive it, but the workers in the industry can't. It goes with every industry, this fact. I believe in working, but in such a way that it also aids the agenda for the strike. I still remember reading about this incident, because it was very close to my thought process, there was this strike in a footwear factory in Japan. They only made the left shoe, and began with the right shoe when they had to, once things had been sorted. In lots of places, in many fields, things like strikes do happen, and a conclusion has to be ultimately reached, but the work shouldn't stop. But, then again, it should be felt. And then, once is everything is OK, you have not lost on time, or hurt those who cannot afford it, majorly.
What is your opinion of this Service Tax issue?
We all are suffering, but I am sure the government will realise this, see our point of view one day and help us out of this situation. It is not easy to make a film, it has become a very difficult job, I can say that as a producer. But then, whether it is my film or somebody else's that I am working in, I want to make them all big, successful, enjoyable, I want the money spent to be seen as much as possible. But yes, it is difficult, the finances are getting more and more complicated. And films are getting banned too... Do you think the government, be it the state or centre, should ban films? For whatever reason - the major one being 'hurting religious sentiments'? It's like smoking. People are smoking. You ban showing smoking on the screen, and in the film they show it, but now write it is injurious to health because it's become mandatory. That means, jisko peena hai piyo, jisko nahi peena hai, mat piyo. Usi hisaab se, jisko dekhna hai film, dekho. Jisko lagta hai film kharab hai, na dekhe. It is very simple. Why create so much brouhaha over it? The whole nation becomes involved. Is it necessary?
And you, of them all, must know everything about the 'hurting religious sentiments' syndrome... what with Singh Is Kinng, then Oh My God... all being screened for religious heads and all.
What religious sentiments? It has got nothing to do with religion - all these happenings. Nobody goes out there and deliberately makes something that's hurting religious sentiments. And if anybody does, the Censor Board is there to control it. So many scenes from so many films have been snipped right in the editing room, thanks to the Censor Board, because they think it is not right. And you (the government) have appointed it, so you have to abide by it.
Let's talk about you now. You've seen the lowest and the highest in Bollywood, in your career. Your survival has been amazing.
Let me correct this - not only me, everybody has seen it. Whether it is me, other heroes, other heroines, or people - be it in any career, life, there comes a low, and there comes a high. I have faced it too. This is how I have learnt what I have learnt, that the more you fall down, the more capacity you have to bounce higher up.
Talking of things difficult, now that you are over 40, does doing those daredevil stunts come still as easily to you?
At the moment, I am not finding stunts that difficult, and I think I can manage it for another five, seven years. But I know that as I progress in age, it will come to a point where it will hurt me. I take all the precautions necessary, as everyone else does, stretching before any action scene, stretching after it. But all of this is possible only till the body can take it. I am, after all, a human being.
Ever since Rajesh Khanna's death, your family's private affairs have become very much public.
I don't care much for all these public opinions, and the things swirling around this. The court is doing what it has to do, and for me, that's it.
It doesn't upset or perturb you, being spoken of like this?
No, it does not. Whatever is happening, let it, it will take its own due course. Whatever has to happen, the court will decide - everything.
But you were accused of eyeing your father-in-law's property.
See, first of all, I don't need to eye anybody's anything. Like I said, God has given me everything I want and more. Everything is in the open, and in court.
What was your relationship with your father-in-law like?
He used to call me buddy, and we were friends. We could talk and discuss anything and everything. More than my father-in-law, for me, he was my friend.