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Ac­tor Akshay Ku­mar seems to have his Mi­das touch on point with his last few films rak­ing in big moolah at the box of­fice. And, peo­ple are al­ready stan­ning his lat­est project, mu­sic video Filhall, that re­leases to­day. We get talk­ing to the ac­tor about why he chose to do it, and if this de­but had him ner­vous:

Peo­ple gen­er­ally fea­ture in mu­sic videos to get no­ticed by film­mak­ers hop­ing they will bag a film or two. Why did you de­cide to do a mu­sic video, when you are prob­a­bly the best-sell­ing ac­tor at the box of­fice?

That’s a good ques­tion

I guess it’s liv­ing proof that I love my work, no mat­ter how big or small I am or an idea is, I do it be­cause I want to. This melody touched me in un­be­liev­able ways. The lyrics and the treat­ment were put to­gether so beau­ti­fully that there was no way I was go­ing to pass up on this op­por­tu­nity. I didn’t want to be sit­ting in my van watch­ing TV one day, wish­ing I had been a part of some­thing but think­ing I was too es­tab­lished to be a part of it. Never; that’s just not me. If some­thing touches our hearts, I think we should all be brave enough to ac­knowl­edge it and do some­thing about it...

Since this was your mu­sic video de­but, any de­but jit­ters?

I wouldn’t re­ally call it jit­ters but there was a sense of ex­cite­ment as it’s my first mu­sic video. So I wanted to give it my best. Also, there was a sense of déjà vu. The way I’m dressed re­minded me of my look in Na­mastey Lon­don, a film which is my for­ever favourite. Also, we’ve shot bits of Filhall in Pun­jab, so there were quite a few sim­i­lar­i­ties. Hence, the en­tire video had this feel-good fac­tor for me.

The song is a heart-wrench­ing love story. And B Praak would be sing­ing this again for you, af­ter Teri Mitti. Tell us more about the song and your col­lab­o­ra­tion with B Praak?

B Praak’s voice touches the depths of your soul like very few can. That is what he did in Teri Mitti (the ac­tor’s March re­lease, Ke­sari) and that is what he has done in Filhall. It moved me…the lyrics, the voice, the mu­sic…so much so that I wanted to be a part of it in some way, so here I am, de­spite be­ing in the in­dus­try for so many years, mak­ing my mu­sic video de­but with Filhall.


A still from Akshay Ku­mar and Nupur Sanon’s mu­sic video

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