|Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar with wife Twinkle Khanna enjoying the race at Race course stadium in Mumbai.|
Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Bollywood star Akshay Kumar announced that he would make a cross-cultural film on Canada with ice hockey as the theme even as he ran in bone-chilling temperature for the Winter Olympic torch relay. .
"I love ice hockey, and I am in the processing making this film. I will start work on it next year,'' the Singh is Kinng hero said here while participating the torch relay race for the 2010 Winter Olympics to be held in Vancouver.
But he could not complete the 300-metre torch run as protesters opposing the staging of the Olympics blocked the race.
Since ice hockey is very popular among all Canadians, Akshay said he wants to show how this game has bridged cultural differences between different people.
Hinting that he might also make a Punjabi film, he said,"I am Punjabi and I love the language. I have just done a small role in a Punjabi film, and I won't rule out any film in the future.''
Akshay, who owns a house and has permanent residence status here, said Canada is "like a second home to me. I love Canada. Though the weather here is cold, people are very warm.''
He said his connection with Canada has deepened over the years since he came here first in 1995.
"Seven-eight of my films have been shot in Toronto and Vancouver, and six of them have done very well. So I have special connections with this country,'' he said.
He also recalled the help extended by Canadians when his father was brought to Toronto for medical treatment some time ago.
Thanking Canada for inviting him to run with the Olympic torch, he said, "It is a dream come true.
"I am honoured and privileged to have been selected as an official torchbearer for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic torch relay. I would like to thank Canadians for this honour and recognition,'' he said.
He said he was also happy about Toronto hosting the 'Bollywood Oscars' in 2012. "I am very happy that the event is coming to Toronto. It will be a great honour for Canada.''
However, he was not very happy about his films his year, saying that "this year three to four films (of mine) didn't do that well.''
Later in the evening he ran with the Olympic torch on the famous Yonge Street in the heart of Toronto in bone-chilling winter. Even the minus eight-degree temperature failed to deter people as thousands lined up both sides of the street to have a glimpse of the star.
However, Akshay could not finish his 300-metre run as protesters blocked the street to highlight the treatment of Native Indians by the Canadian government.
Hundreds of policemen intervened to remove the agitators who kept shouting slogans against the holding of the Olympics on lands taken away from the original natives of Canada.
Akshay was one of the international torch-bearers selected by the Olympic organizing committee.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) Akshay Kumar, who will participate in the Olympic Torch Relay Thursday in Toronto, keeps telling himself not to drop the torch.
"I just keep telling myself one thing over and over again, 'No matter what happens, Akshay, don't drop that torch. Naak kat jayegi.' It'd be so embarrassing. I'd never be allowed to come back to Canada," Akshay told IANS before leaving for Toronto.
Akshay was busy shooting for Priyadarshan's "Khatta Meetha" and had to take permission from him to attend the gala event.
"I had to ask my director for a few days off from his tight schedule of 'Khatta Meetha'. He kindly agreed. Now I'm very very excited to be part of something as prestigious as the Olympics. I just feel the whole experience will be truly inspiring. I think this is one of the biggest happenings in my life," he said.
Akshay worked round the clock to beat the deadline for his departure.
"Only when I go home in the night do I allow myself the luxury of feeling tired. On 17th I run with the torch. Then I return to Canada again to see some of the Olympics sports. I wouldn't miss it for the world."
But the actor has one regret before he left that his son Aarav couldn't accompany him.
"It was just for a day. And I somehow managed to squeeze it into my schedule. For Aarav, it'd be too tiring. If I was going for at least five-six days, I'd have taken my wife (Twinkle Khanna) and son."
The torch for the 2010 Winter Olympics will be in Toronto from Dec 17 to 19. The 2010 Winter Games shall be held at Vancouver Feb 12-28
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
New Delhi, Nov 25 (IANS) Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif is down with jaundice and missing from the promotions for her latest outing "De Dana Dan". And her co-star Akshay Kumar was prompt in wishing her speedy recovery.
Rumours were rife that the actress was rushed to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai Monday night, where she was diagnosed with jaundice and has been advised complete bed rest for a while.
Asked if it were true, Akshay said: "Katrina is down with jaundice... We are missing her and hope she gets well soon."
Apparently "De Dana Dan" is Akshay and Katrina's sixth outing together after movies like "Hum Ko Deewana Kar Gaye" and back to back hits like "Namastey London", "Welcome" and "Singh Is Kinng". They also starred recently in underwater thriller "Blue".
Akshay, who has had a string of flops this year with "Chandni Chowk To China", "8x10 Tasveer", "Kambakkht Ishq" and "Blue", is now keeping his fingers crossed for "De Dana Dan".
"Our chemistry does work and we've seen the results in 'Singh Is Kinng' and other films and we expect the same from this film too. This movie should do very well and I expect great returns for my producers. I have great expectations from this one," he said.
Akshay was here at the DT Cinema multiplex in Vasant Kunj to promote the movie with his co-stars Suniel Shetty, Neha Dhupia, Sameera Reddy and producer Sunil. A. Lulla.
Directed by Priyadarshan, "De Dana Dan" has also been produced by Ganesh and Girish Jain. It also stars Paresh Rawal in an important role.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Event: Akshay Kumar Prepares for Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
By Joginder Tuteja
Mumbai, Oct 30 (IANS) "London Dreams" is Vipul Shah's first film that doesn't star Akshay Kumar. While the filmmaker missed his favourite actor, he says he thoroughly enjoyed working with Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn and loved their dynamism.
"When you work with people with whom you have never worked before, there are two ways to look at things. Firstly, you do miss your favourite actor and...I have been associated with Akshay for so long. On the other hand, you have to start enjoying the process of working with the new bunch of people. Thankfully, both Salman and Ajay allowed me that comfort level," Shah told IANS.
Shah teamed up with Akshay in his directorial debut "Aankhen", followed by "Waqt - Race Against Time" and "Namaste London". Later when he decided to rope in Anees Bazmee as director for "Singh Is Kinng", Akshay was once again by his side. All these films worked well at the box office.
"Akshay and me go a very long way. It is absolutely a great rapport that both of us share and it's a treat to work with him. However, I have to admit that since I was working with Salman and Ajay for the first time, I had to be on my toes all the time. That further made it an enjoyable experience for me," he said.
The director has brought Salman and Ajay together 11 years after "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam".
Talking about the two, he said: "In any case, both these actors are beyond hits and flops today. They have been there for 20 years now and seen the industry and its trends quite closely. Moreover, they enjoy worldwide popularity and are known all over.
"They have a huge reach and impact which should bring in audiences. After they get an opening, it should be the film which should do the talking. If it is good, it would work. Period."
Shah is also all praise for Asin Thottumkal, who would be seen in "London Dreams" a year after her debut Bollywood flick "Ghajini" opposite Aamir Khan.
"It is challenging for any actress to stand in front of terrific actors and stars like Salman and Ajay. However, the best part is that though she is a fresh face for Hindi audiences, she has worked with Kamal Haasan and other big stars down south.
"She knows how to make her presence felt amidst big stars and not to get conscious, upset or scared. It's that kind of confidence that puts her at par with the actors," the director said.
"She comes with that definite advantage. Since she has already dealt with one huge star like Aamir, her confidence shows. She is not scared of stars and comes across as so fresh on screen. This is so good for any director," he said.
With an intense drama like "London Dreams" in front of audiences, Shah knew that he had a task in hand.
"While making the film, I had to work towards creating a comfort zone for my actors. Audiences should walk out of theatres saying that other than just Akshay, Vipul can extract good work from Ajay and Salman as well. That would be my win from the film," Shah said.
Monday, October 26, 2009
October 24, 2009
1* Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif jodi has done wonders on the box-office. The hit pair is set to create the magic again with Priyadarshan's De Dana Dan. Check out more pics...
2* Katrina and Akshay's first film together was Humko Deewana Kar Gaye. This was the only movie of the duo that didn't work at the box-office.
3* Katrina Kaif and Akshay Kumar have doled out hits like Namastey London, Singh Is Kinng and Welcome.
4* Katrina and Akshay were last seen in Blue together. Katrina did a cameo role in the movie.
5* After De Dana Dan, The duo will be seen in the sequel of Anthony D'Souza's Blue.