Akshay reveals why he has to mix the serious with the comic in his career. Read his detailed interview here:
Q. You play a split personality in Housefull 3. Did you read up on split personalities?
A. It’s just a comedy film. (It is) Not to be taken seriously. We didn’t study the human brain for me to play the part. I play a wannabe footballer and I suffer from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) in the film. Did I read up on DID ?
Q. Did you?
A. No! My character is not supposed to know he has DID. So why should I? The whole idea in Housefull is to make the unbelievable look believable. In Airlift, the believable has to be made more believable. Comedy ko itna halka mat samajhjiye (Don’t take comedy so lightly). I am so grateful to the Housefull franchise for allowing me to play so many twisted freaks. I repeat, comedy is not easy to do.
Q. No one takes comedy lightly any more?
A. Oh, lots of people do. To me, the Housefull franchise is as precious as the Khiladi franchise. Action and comedy are what I always enjoyed. I could do these two genres for the rest of my life. Housefull is neither cheap nor tacky. It’s what I’d call posh comedy. This is comedy not just for the dumb.
Q. Then who else is it for?
A. It’s for the dumber as well. Got you! Now that the shooting is done I am getting withdrawal symptoms.
Q. Did you enjoy working with Riteish Deshmukh and Abhishek Bachchan?
A. We boys had a ball. Riteish has been with me in the franchise from the start. But Abhishek is a new entrant. I had a lot of fun working with Abhishek. He’s a thorough gentleman and I’d love to work with him again.
Q. Housefull 3 and then Rustom. They look like two different planets. How do you manage?
A. Well, I know there is a belief that men can’t multi-task. Whoever believes that hasn’t met me as yet. But I am not going to pretend it’s easy. I also can’t deny that I enjoy doing both the serious and comic roles. And let me tell you, comedy is also a serious business for me.
Q. So you are pleased with the challenge of doing contrasting roles?
A. Oh, very pleased. I am happy to juggle the two contrasting genres. I embrace both happily. See, I adore my Housefull franchise, as much as I adore the serious scripts that I choose.
Q. Do the serious scripts require more of your attention?
A. Serious or comic, I don’t take myself too seriously. That attitude helps me enjoy both the genres. I take both the genres equally seriously. But at the end of the day whether it’s Rustom or Housefull 3, it’s all entertainment. I’ve always been an entertainer. Being an actor doesn’t mean you have to take yourself seriously. You just have to flow with the character.
Q. Is that how you handle all your roles?
A. That’s what my experience has taught me. I like doing different genres of cinema. Why should I do just one genre? It’s like putting all my eggs in one basket.
Q. Who is the real Akshay Kumar?
A. The real Akshay Kumar likes to put his hands into all the cookie jars. At the end of the day, I am a Punjabi. Variety is the spice of my life and spice is the variety of my life.