Akshay Kumar, who is now gearing up for the release of two of the most awaited films of 2018 — 2. 0 and Padman, spoke about how Bollywood has a lot to learn from the South Indian film industry. At the grand audio launch of 2. 0 on Friday, October 27, which was attended by Rajinikanth, Amy Jackson, Shankar, AR Rahman and Rasool Pokkutty, Akshay took a moment to talk about film content, what audiences want and what Bollywood needs to learn from Kollywood.
At the event hosted by Karan Johar, Rana Daggubati and RJ Balaji, Akshay while talking about the South Indian film industry, stressed on the fact that there’s a lot of unity and respect for each other among people who are into the movie business. He said,
I have done 130 films (in Bollywood). 2.0 was my 131st film. I can only say that during the making of those 130 films, I got to learn little from every film, but I was learning throughout the shooting of this film. There’s a lot that we have to learn from South because the way they work, we have to understand a lot now. They work in unity and respect each other’s talent, we have to learn that.
Talking about his experience of working with Rajinikanth, he said,
Rajini sir is the real superstar. I would like to thank Shankar sir for giving me the opportunity of working with a legend like Rajinikanth. I could’ve never imagined that I will get a chance to work in such a big and costly film like ‘2.0’.
A sequel to the 2010 Tamil blockbuster Enthiran, 2.0 has reportedly been made on a whopping budget of Rs 400 crore. As of now, the film is slated to hit the screens on January 25, 2018. Akshay will be essaying the role of Richard, the prime antagonist in the film while Rajinikanth will play his old character, scientist Vaseegaran.
— quotes from IANS