Audiences are in for a visual treat this November as Akshay Kumar and John Abraham return to the big screen in a very different way! Following the global success of the 2005 entertainer ‘Garam Masala’, the duo are back with the UK-based comedy ‘Desi Boyz’, which is a coming of age entertainer that traces the lives of two young men who refuse to grow up.
The film sees Rohit Dhawan make his directorial debut and also stars Chitrangada Singh and Deepika Padukone. Here’s what Akshay had to say about the film……
Tell us a little about the character of Rocco you play in the film and how does it differ from what we have seen you playing before?
My name in the film is actually Jerry Patel, I am basically a guy who doesn’t care, about anything or anyone, what the beautiful part about this film is how the recession literally forces me to buck my ideas up, take some responsibility in life and knuckle under. The journey is very rocking I must say, me and my best friend Nick (John Abraham) completely run out of money and in our desperation are offered to become male escorts, of course me being the frivolous one I think it’s a brilliant plan, hence the name ‘Rocco’, Rocco is my night time name shall we say, where pole dancing becomes a necessity for both of us, the rest is for the lucky viewers that go to see this film at the cinemas, only they get to experience the real Rocco and Jerry in me!
This film is a first of many, first time director Rohit Dawan, first time co-staring with Chitrangada Singh, first time pole dancing – there is so much of freshness in this film that I genuinely feel people will see so much from all of us, I love the story and you’ll all see ‘why’ when you see it.
Did you take any lessons in pole dancing before you started work on the film?
What can I say I was a natural … No actually both John and I were equally nervous; no man wants to look either too good or too useless on a pole, if you know what I mean. Luckily for me my gym is made of bars and rods so I’m used to swinging and climbing on poles daily, only now I had to do it with a strippers flare rather than my usual monkey technique.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself in the Bachelorette song where both John and I come sliding down two golden poles to entertain the ladies, it’s been brilliantly shot, and it’s all in good taste. This film is made so much for families to enjoy, even your Grandma’s will have an honest twinkle in there eyes.
What was it like working with John again after Garam Masala and has he changed as an actor?
All I can say is we are a pair and a half. Our reuniting has been well over due and it’s been absolutely brilliant shooting with him again. The respect we both have for each other’s bodies and professionalism is immense for two heroes in the same industry to have. We have very similar backgrounds so it’s easy for us to get along so well. He’s always worked damn hard in his career and in this film he’s giving the ladies exactly what they deserve.
The only thing that has changed about him as an actor is his growth, not only in his muscles but his maturity and dedication to prove he’s more than meets the eye.
What was it like working with the new comer Chitrangada Singh and what was Rohit Dhawan like as a director?
Chitrangada is far from a new-comer. She is already wonderfully critically acclaimed, has quite recently and deservedly won a National Award, she is by far an incredible actress not to mention stunning as well. This is of course her first commercial film in Bollywood so nerves were high but she has the ability to blow everyone away on the sets each day. She was an absolute pleasure to work with, I can only say I hope this is a first of many films to come!
What a shock the world is going to get when they see this film and realise the age, the potential, the talent, the brains and vision this boy has. Rohit Dawan is a credit to his father, he’s done a brilliant job on Desi Boyz, he knows exactly what he wants and just how to get it. I’m a huge supporter of new comers. They have passion and drive of the purest form and Rohit has given me great confidence.
We work unbelievably well together as we both have one goal in mind, pleasing the audience in every single shot. I am already looking forward to his future work, he has an eagerness to accomplish and achieve and that is what blockbusters are made of.
Did you enjoy filming in London and what are your favourite songs from the film?
London London London, it’s a dream city to live in work in and play in. Me and my entire family we all love it mainly for the parks and restaurants! As for the songs this film has got a lot to offer. My personal favourite would have to be the Desi Boyz title track, it just gets under your skin and you cant help but dance to the beat.
I remember sitting in my car playing it over and over again, thinking does this blow my mind, before I even reached on set I already couldn’t start waiting to shoot for it, and the visuals to this track are saucy fun and fantastic.
Desi Boyz releases in cinemas worldwide on 25th November.