Akshay Kumar does all kinds of mad things

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 - 6:20am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Sumeet Raghavan who will be seen as Akshay Kumar's friend in Holiday talks about the film, his return to TV and theatre

Sumeet Raghavan returns to fiction space with the upcoming show Badi Doooor Se Aaye Hai. He was last seen in Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo. Says Sumeet, "I am a temperamental actor and after working for two years in Sajan Re... I needed a break. It's not a joke to do a daily comedy." During his break, the actor did a couple of films that include his Marathi big screen debut film Sandook and Akshay Kumar's Holiday. The latter has Sumeet playing a cop. "It's a substantial role and I have maximum scenes with Akshay, who is shown to be a friend," says Sumeet, bowled over by Akshay's discipline and dedication. "Off the sets he does all kinds of mad things including playing cricket on the roads. But when the camera is on, he is completely different. Being a superstar he can afford to take things easy, but he doesn't - he is constantly on his toes," elaborates Sumeet.

Talking about his comeback to TV, Sumeet says when he got a call from producer JD Majethia's office, he immediately said yes. "I have been associated with JD since Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai. Also, the fact that Badi Doooor Se Aaye Hai is scripted and directed by Aatish Kapadia makes it a treat to work," quips the actor who will be shown as a part of an alien family that sets out to search a who is lost on earth. "Since we are aliens and don't know how humans look, we take on different forms. We talk in gibberish tones, walk like penguins etc. It's only when we see the humans we try and become like them and that's where the fun begins," informs Sumeet.

Besides TV, Sumeet will also be returning to theatre with Lekure Udand Jhali after a gap of 15 years. "I started doing Marathi plays in 1987 and after a decade shifted to TV. But I always wanted to get back to theatre, it's just that I didn't find the time. Now I am in a position to create time and space for theatre, which is close to my heart. My wife Chinmayee and me are reviving a old classic, a musical and will start staging it from June," smiles Sumeet.

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