Bol­ly­wood’s su­per star in new film

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in 1962 af­ter re­al­is­ing that he could no longer han­dle lengthy tracts of di­a­logue. His fi­nal film was One, Two, Three for Billy Wilder.

Then, in 1980, he made a sur­prise re­turn to the cin­ema at the age of 80 play­ing an iras­ci­ble de­tec­tive in Mi­los For­man’s Rag­time. Why?

His doc­tor told him that work would be good for him. And it was a tri­umph.

The trou­ble was that Cag­ney didn’t leave it there – his fi­nal credit was as an aged pugilist in Ter­ri­ble Joe Mo­ran, a project made for TV when he re­ally was past his best.

And the other man I ad­mire for back­ing out of the lime­light was Cary Grant.

He was only 64 and in fine fet­tle when he de­cided enough was enough.

There were many of­fers later to tempt him back but he was smart enough not to ac­cept.

And when he walked onto the stage of the Academy Awards many years later all he had to do was ut­ter one line – “Good evening. My name is Cary Grant” – and the watch­ing world went stark rav­ing mad.

There is some­thing spe­cial about grow­ing up with one’s favourite movie star. As we grow old so they grow ever older.

But even as they age we can re­visit them in their prime and ig­nore the grey hair, sag­ging jowls and paunch. Me, I’m con­flicted. I de­fer to an artist’s right to hang up the easel and brushes. But part of me wants to see an­other work, even if it’s merely a sketch or a wa­ter­colour in minia­ture.

For Messrs Hackman, Con­nery and Pesci life in front of the cam­era is but a mem­ory. But what a mem­ory. And if it pales in com­par­i­son to ly­ing on a beach or play­ing golf then we must ac­cede to their wishes. ONE of Bol­ly­wood’s most cel­e­brated stars is to have a new movie re­leased.

Ak­shay Ku­mar’s new film Sol­dier Is Never Off Duty will be re­leased world­wide and has been pro­duced by his own com­pany.

The film is a ro­man­tic thriller, which touches on the dark side of ter­ror cells, bomb plots and in­ter­na­tional es­pi­onage.

And he has made his­tory by work­ing with Bri­tish stunt­man Grey Pow­ell, who is known for his work in Harry Pot­ter films and James Bond’s Sky­fall.

The film is re­leased on June 6.


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