Akshay Kumar: Body of Steel Heart Of Gold
For Bollywood’s khiladi and stunt king Akshay Kumar, climbing 78 floors up and down on the world’s tallest building is a child’s play. For that matter even jumping off 110 feet high elevator without any safety harness or body double. Good for the producers who do not have to spend extra money on the action-packed stunts that would give even Spiderman a chill.
As if all this was not enough, Akki went on to prove his penchant for dares once again in Nagesh Kukunoor’s movie Eight By Ten where he jumped off a cliff 160 high. There’s nothing new with that. Hold on till I tell you what left the crewmembers gasping for breath. This particular scene required looking as close to reality as possible. Akshay had to run towards the edge of the cliff and take a jump into freezing waters on a day when temperatures on location in South Africa were reaching as close to –21 degree C!
This being a high-risk venture, director Nagesh Kukunoor suggested a stunt man but Akshay being the stunt king, dared and did the entire thing in just one take!
Earlier too for the same movie Akshay got trained as a Paddy Instructor, which one gets only after special training under water. The sequence required an adventurous deep-water action scene, where he was chained. This was no run of the mill as it could cause some very serious health issues if not done properly. Talk about people being passionate in things that they do.
This body of steel has a heart of gold as well. Quite taken aback by his current debacle at the Box Office, Chandni Chowk to China, Akshay has let go of charging exorbitant amount for movies and has offered to work for free in Priyadarshan’s sequel to Malaamal Weekly. Now even if Priyadarshan had made this sequel in good times, it would have been a huge wash out just like the first one. By having convinced Akshay Kumar he’d expect some revenue at least. So Akshay has given in apparently trying to come to terms with his disastrous fate and applying every trick in the trade to get hits rolling again. He now wants to work with only top-notch filmmakers even if it means working for free. Perhaps this concession could work his way through recession! We wish the best.