Bollywood’s favorite khiladi, Akshay Kumar stars in the upcoming flick Gabbar is Back. The Sholay reference is only there to trick you, in this film Gabbar isn’t the villain but the hero out to put an end to the corruption in our society. The actor sat down to answer some questions in regards to his forthcoming film which releases internationally on 1st May 2015. Check out what he had to say!
Q: Tell us something about Gabbar is Back?
Akshay Kumar: Gabbar Is Back is directed by Krish and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Viacom18 Motion Pictures. It’s the Hindi remake of Tamil film Ramana and based on the story of corruption. I am playing the character of ACP Gabbar, who turns leader for a vigilante group and is en-route to end corruption in the city. It’s releasing on 1st May 2015 and also stars Shruti Hassan and Prakash Jha.
Q: Is it inspired by the character of Gabbar in the famous movie Sholay?
Akshay Kumar: No. Gabbar is the hero in the film and a vigilante, who takes it in his own hands to put an end to crime and injustice. Both the characters are very different.
Q: What motivates you to do a movie like Gabbar?
Akshay Kumar: I did Gabbar is Back because of corruption. I am alarmed by the crime rates in India and even calculated the amount of money gathered due to scams, to add up to 12 trillion dollars. I compared the crime rates between India and other countries and the numbers in India are astonishing. Crime rates are low in countries such as the UAE due to strict law enforcement which isn’t the case in India. So you need a name like Gabbar, who may behave like a villain but his actions are of a hero.
Q: You are famous as the King of Action in Bollywood. Are you going to take action sequences to the next level in this movie?
Akshay Kumar: Gabbar is centered more around delivering a message, rather than action sequences. Most of the instances in the movie are inspired by real life events.
Q: Are you doing any special song for Gabbar?
Akshay Kumar: Yes, I am doing one special soulful song called “Teri Meri Kahani” with Kareena Kapoor Khan, which happens to be the first song to be launched for this film. The song will take viewers through the emotional journey of the couple making itself indispensable to the overall narrative of the film.
Q: How’s your chemistry with Kareena Kapoor Khan?
Akshay Kumar: Bebo has been an integral part of my career. We’ve done many movies together and one can only hope we have many more to come. She is everything one could ever ask in a Bollywood actress. She will always know how deeply I appreciate her effort and expertise. I’m sure viewers are going to love her in this song. She has brought a kindness to our film like no other. We love working with each other. We had a great time while shooting for the song.
Akshay Kumar: I am working with her for the first time. She is playing my love interest in this movie. She is a beautiful, professional and talented actress.
Q: Baby was the highest box office grosser of 2015. Do you think “Gabbar is Back” will surpass the record?
Akshay Kumar: I always give 100 percent to any film that I do, and pray that it will do well. God has been very kind to me, and I owe him everything and my loyal fans so much for their continuous support and love.
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