Stars and their funjabi moments
Akshay Kumar, Lara Dutta, Amy Jackson and Prabhudheva brought the house down with wit and dance moves
It was a laugh riot when the team of Singh is Bliing — actors Akshay Kumar, Lara Dutta and Amy Jackson — visited HT City along with the film’s director Prabhdheva to meet the winners of HT City Stars in the City contest. All the winners were ‘Singhs’ and ‘Kaurs’. The stars shared interesting anecdotes from the sets in a fun chat with Sonal Kalra, National Editor, entertainment and lifestyle. Excerpts: Akshay, does the concept of a 100 crore film bother you?
Akshay: It has never been about how much a movie earns. A movie like Oh My God! (2012) did wonders and a lot of people started saying no to idol worship. I enjoy this much more than the money that a film makes. But if the movie does well and crores and crores come in, it is good as we get a chance to make a much bigger film. Amy, what was your reaction when you were offered a Prabhudheva directorial alongside Akshay and Lara?
Amy: It was overwhelming and completely unexpected. And to work with Akshay and Prabhu sir after they made a film like Rowdy Rathore (2012) ... it was a dream project. I love my character. I fell in love with the storyline. Lara, we are seeing you now on-screen after two years. What has been keeping you busy?
Lara: Well, motherhood for one. It’s all-consuming. But I am thrilled to be a part of this film. You know, it’s tough to leave a three-year-old and step out of the house and give 35-40 days to a film. It’s a huge commitment as a mother. Prabhu, this is a successful franchise. Somebody else directed the first part (Singh Is Kinng; 2008). Are there a lot of expectations when you step into something that has already made a mark?
Prabhu: Actually, it is not a sequel. It has nothing to do with Singh Is Kinng. It’s a new thing. Amy, how well do you know Hindi?
I’m learning Hindi. I’ve done Tamil and Telugu films so Hindi’s definitely not a fear for me. I know that I’ll learn the language properly and that’s the next step. Akshay, How do you shuffle your time between films, family and your fitness regime? Well, it’s very easy. When I get up in the morning, they (family) are all sleeping, so that’s the time I get time for myself. Then we have a rule in the house that we must have at least one meal of the day together, whether it’s lunch, breakfast or dinner. I don’t work more than eight hours a day, and Sundays are off. Also, I’m only allowed to do four films a year.
I’m learning Hindi. I’ve done Tamil films and Telugu films so Hindi’s definitely not a fear for me
Amy Jackson, actor