Akshay Kumar to produce Marathi film, 72 Miles — Ek Pravas
Khiladi Kumar is also planning a sequel to OMG… with Paresh Rawal
Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; November 19, 2012)
Co-producers Akshay Kumar and Ashwini Yardi have forayed into regional cinema with a Marathi film called 72 Miles — Ek Pravas, based on Ashok Vatkar’s autobiography. This, apart from a planned sequel to their company Grazing Goat Pictures’s first venture OMG! Oh My God starring Paresh Rawal.
Recalling his Marathi connect, Akshay says, “During a bus journey, the conductor told me to move ahead in Marathi, a language I didn’t know at the time. I stood there and it annoyed him. That’s when I decided to learn the language. I think it’s very important to know the language of the place you consider home.”
Says Ashwini, “ I always wanted to make a good Marathi film for my grandfather (who was one of V Shantaram’s partners in Prabhat Film Company in the 1920s) and father.”
On making a sequel to OMG… Akshay says, “We had a wonderful time making the film and would like to take our association further. Kanjibhai as a character has become iconic and there is more scope to get him to fight more issues.”
When asked whether he is also planning a film in his mother tongue (Punjabi), the actor-producer adds, “Yes, the the Punjabi film is still being scripted, you’ll hear about it in good time too. We will soon be getting into Bengali and South markets as well.”