Akshay Kumar gets chatty on kicking it up a notch for Chandni Chowk to China
Chandni Chowk To China is semi autobiographical. True?
The only thing which is common between my life and Chandni Chowk To China is that I was born in Chandni Chowk. And while I was a cook, I play a halwai (laughs) in this film. When I heard this script, it was from Bombay To China but then they changed it to Chandni Chowk To China – and I am happy with the change.
You’ll be seen in an action avatar after a long time. Was it a conscious effort?
Warner Brothers were part of this project. So I took it on without giving much thought of whether it was an action or comedy.
How difficult was it to play this role?
Shooting on The Great Wall Of China, doing Kung-fu with Chinese masters, fighting with Sir Gordon Liu was really tough.
Have you seen any of Gordon Liu’s films?
Yes, of course. He is the guy who introduced Kung-fu to the big screen. He is awesome in 36 Chambers Of Shaolin. I must have seen the film over 50 times and still love watching it.
What was the most memorable incident while shooting for the movie?
The whole film was memorable. Until now, nobody has got a chance to shoot on The Great Wall Of China, not even for a Hollywood film. And I got a chance to run on it. This is India’s first Kung-fu Bollywood masala film which makes it really special.
The Bohemia song in which you have rapped proclaims that you are ‘the superstar’.
I am not saying I am ‘the superstar’, it’s just a rap. Shah Rukh and I are the only actors in Bollywood who have come this far on our own. Neither his nor my forefathers belong to this field. So if I can make it, if he can make it, everyone out there can also do so. One only needs one’s parents’ blessings, belief in God and hard work.
Which was the most difficult stunt?
I had to carry Deepika on my forearms (laughs). The most difficult job was learning Kung-fu.
Do you find any difference in the kind of action shown in Bollywood before vis a vis how it is projected now?
Yes, there is; because technology has changed for the better. Our Indian fight masters have improved by leaps and bounds. They have learnt a lot from the West.
You are acknowledged as a superstar but haven’t got a major award till date. How do you feel?
Aapko chaiye award ... aap le lo … Mere paas parre hote hain ... bahut milte hain (laughs).
Any specific reason why the movie is being premiered in Los Angeles?
If Warner Brothers were from Nepal, then we would have had to go to Nepal.