Cinema plays an important role in demonstrating nationalism: Akshay Kumar
Mumbai, Aug 9 (PTI) Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar believes the country’s unsung heroes deserve praise for their service, which he says is the highlight of his upcoming âBell Bottomâ outing.
In 1980s real-life spy thriller, the 53-year-old actor plays an intelligence operative codenamed ‘Bell Bottom’ who leads the mission to rescue 210 hostages from a plane Indian hijacked.
When asked if unsung heroes are the new face of nationalism through movies, Kumar said, “Cinema plays an important role in demonstrating nationalism.”
âIt is essential that we tell everyone about these people who do so much for the country, the risk they are taking. I am happy to have had the opportunity to be part of ‘Bell Bottom’ who speaks. of an unsung hero, “he added. The national award winner told PTI in an interview.
“Bell Bottom” joins Kumar’s long list of films that mix high-octane stunts, synonymous with the actor’s action-star status, and a patriotic fervor after titles like “Holiday,” ” Baby “,” Airlift “,” Kesari “, and” Mission Mangal “.
âWith this film, I would like audiences to see and understand the life of an agent, who are unsung heroes and how they selflessly work for the country without expecting anything in return. And how it goes unnoticed. It’s a great life and people should know that.
Asked about his take on nationalism, the actor said: “What I think about nationalism I show on screen through movies and that’s what I mean about nationalism.”
As the contribution of many heroes goes unnoticed, it is imperative that they are celebrated through films, he added.
“â¦ These are the unsung heroes and even though there is more glorification being shown, then I see no problem with that.” I think it shouldn’t be less, if it’s more than it’s okay. They deserve praise.
It’s not that he enjoys playing unsung heroes in movies more, said the actor, who shoots an average of three to four films a year.
âI appreciate every space. I played this man who supports women in ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ and ‘Padman’, a full comedic role in ‘Houseful’, then I played a transgender in ‘Laxmii’. So I didn’t limit myself to playing particular types of roles. ”
For âBell Bottom,â the actor said, he tried to make the character a bit bright to make him entertaining for the audience.
âThe film is about this mission and how these men saved the lives of many people. These undercover agents are very normal people. They’re not like James Bond, they do things in a very raw and real way.
âLike, my character isn’t someone jumping from one building to another. Since this is a true story, things are done logically. But we tried to make it a bit big and commercial (adding a bit of whimsy.) However, 80% of the story is real, âKumar added.
âBell Bottomâ happens to be the first film to be shot in the midst of the pandemic last year and Kumar is grateful to the producers for filming the film during COVID-19 in the UK.
“We didn’t have any difficulty. Credit goes to the producers for bringing the team of over 200 people to shoot there but with all the necessary protocols. They took the risk of doing something incredible.” , did he declare.
It is also the first Hindi film to be released on August 19 in 3D and 2D after the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
Although movie theaters in many parts of the country have reopened with 50% capacity, Maharashtra, which contributes a significant portion of overall Bollywood activity, continues to remain closed.
But for Kumar, the greatest joy is the arrival of “Bell Bottom” on the big screen.
“It’s been two years and we haven’t seen anything in theaters. It’s time for people to come and watch movies but with the necessary protocols as suggested by the government. We just hope it never closes again.” he said, adding that he hopes cinema operations will resume in Maharashtra as well.
His other film “Sooryavanshi”, a crime drama, has still been pending theatrical release since March 2020, but Kumar has said there is little he can do in the current storyline.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t have an answer. I’m not the only one facing this difficulty, everyone in the industry is. There are so many people out there who are struggling. face such great difficulties and my difficulties are nothing in front of them. ”
The actor also has such films as the period drama “Prithviraj”, the musical romance “Atrangi Re”, the action comedy “Bachchan Pandey”, the comedy drama “Raksha Bandhan” and the action-adventure drama. “Ram Setu” in preparation.
“” Prithviraj ” is ready and if all goes well he should be released during Diwali,” Kumar explained, without disclosing details of his other films.
Directed by Ranjit M Tewari and written by Aseem Arrora and Parveez Shaikh, “Bell Bottom” also stars Lara Dutta, Vaani Kapoor, Huma Qureshi and Adil Hussain in key roles. The film is produced by Pooja Entertainment and Emmay Entertainment. PTI KKP RDS RDS BK BK
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