While the past few years saw Akshay Kumar on stage several times at award functions, it was mostly to collect trophies. However, the action star recently took to the stage for a dance act. And insiders claimed that the performance was his first in three years. Akshay was seen dancing to his last year’s Rs 100-crore hit Rowdy Rathore numbers at the Umang Police Awards 2013, a show organised by Mumbai police. The actor not only danced in a cop uniform, but also had real cops dance too with his act.
“Akshay has been very busy shooting for his action thriller Boss and is also working on the promotions of his soon-to-release Neeraj Pandey film Special 26. But he managed to squeeze out the time to perform at this event, as it was his way of showing support to them,” shares an insider. Akshay’s song and dance act was an instant hit with the cops. And joining him on stage was Isha Koppikhar, who along with Akshay ended the act with a hit dialogue from Rowdy Rathore.
Akshay says, “The police do so much for us and I wanted to show them my appreciation in my own small way. It was my ode to them and their hard work.” The actor, who will soon be seen playing a conman in Special 26 is thrilled with the buzz the film is generating.
“I like exploring that mind-space where not everything is what it looks like. I enjoyed the mind games that the film has and it was exciting as an actor to play a character like I do in this film,” adds Akshay, who’s known to break away from his action image every once in a while. However, the actor insists that he doesn’t look at it as a break-away from anything.
“As an actor you peel off experiences from your personal life to add texture to the character you play onscreen. When you play a character that is nothing like you, it becomes an exciting prospect. After having done more than 100 films now, it’s something that seems new and so naturally more interesting to me,” explains Akshay.
As for working with Neeraj for the first time, the action king adds that the film was such that it needed a director with intelligent sensibilities and Neeraj was perfect for it. “For any of us the joy of seeing your film become a success is important, but the experience you have while shooting for it is even more important. So, when a director helps you take a step further each time, you have already gained and made your profit from that film. That is exactly what happened for me in this film,” says Akshay.
Meanwhile, the actor has shared that he and his family are thankful to the government for honouring his father-in-law, superstar Rajesh Khanna, posthumously with the Padma Bhushan. “We thank the government for the recognition,” Akshay is reported to have said.