Naach, gaana with team Naam Sha­bana

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Com­piled by Yashika Mathur

The team of Naam Sha­bana — pro­ducer Ak­shay Ku­mar, ac­tors Taapsee Pannu and Manoj Ba­j­payee, co-pro­ducer Neeraj Pandey and direc­tor Shivam Nair — vis­ited HT City to meet the win­ners of the SITC con­test on Mon­day. The team sang, laughed and danced with their fans. In a con­ver­sa­tion with Sonal Kalra, Na­tional Editor - En­ter­tain­ment & Life­style, Hin­dus­tan Times, Ak­shay talked about his stint as a pro­ducer, and Taapsee about tak­ing up hard-hit­ting roles.

Why did you change your name from Ra­jiv Bha­tia to Ak­shay Ku­mar? Ak­shay: No one has ever asked me this ques­tion. My first film was Aaj (1987), which was di­rected by Ma­hesh Bhatt and starred Ku­mar Gau­rav. The name of Gau­rav’s char­ac­ter was Ak­shay. I had a 4.5 sec­ond role in it and I’d only ob­serve Ku­mar and his act­ing. One day I just went to the court and got my name changed.

You have main­tained a record of fin­ish­ing a film in 30-40 days. As a pro­ducer, how have you to re­tain this po­si­tion? Ak­shay: There’s no par­tic­u­lar for­mula for all these things. What I am do­ing to­day will also change. To get your­self in the in­dus­try is still an easy job but to sus­tain your­self is dif­fi­cult. Ev­ery morn­ing I get up and think what to do next. Peo­ple ask me why do I get up at 4 am, aadha time to yehi sochne mein nikal jata hai ki aage kya karunga.

Taapsee, af­ter Pink (2016), now you are do­ing Naam Sha­bana. The roles that you’ve been get­ting are dif­fer­ent and there’s less ob­jec­ti­fi­ca­tion in your roles. Why is that? Taapsee: Af­ter Baby (2015), I started get­ting a lot of women-cen­tric films. I didn’t do it be­cause if I’ve to take up any­thing in ac­tion, it has to be at par with Baby or bet­ter. I didn’t get the cliché roles, which I’d have loved to do. I got these hard-hit­ting films so I took them up. But now, I’m get­ting a good mix of films.

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