Bollywood’s super star in new film
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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