I’m b bit wary when I meet up with Akshay Kumar on the sets of BOSS. It’s reportedly a remake of 2010 Malayalam hit POKKIRI RAJA. The original starred Mammootty and considering Mammootty’s formidable reputation, I wonder how Akshay would get into the skin of a Mammootty flick. But an action film is an action film in any language and I’m sure Akshay is heads and shoulders above Mammootty as far as action is concerned. There is a fun track blaring in the background as Akshay goes about beating up goons in his Chin tat a rumbustious style. Director Anthony D’souza (of Blue fame) sets up the next action shot and Akshay takes time off to shoot some breeze with poor moi who’s been willing in the sun all this while. We saunter over to his boy to bring some jiggery. He offers me some as well, ”Gur khao,sehat bano (Eat jiggery to remain fit).” A health fiend, the actor prefers nibbling on nutrients like cashews, almonds, apples and jiggery during breaks than the fried variety.”I snack every three hours. This is one of my fitness secrets,” he confides.
I give him the choice of nibbling over my questions as well and he gives his go ahead. He’s known to go mushy over his daughter Nitara (born on September 25) whom he has named Nitara Khanna Bhatia in loving memory of his exalted father-in-law, Rajesh Khanna. He beams at the mention of Nitara. I want to know whom she resembles, Twinkle or him but he shrugs that off saying she’s too young for such comparisons. A new baby usually alters the parents’ schedule, but Akshay’s routine is unaffected. “I’ve always worked only for eight hours a day. I sleep for eight hours and spend the rest of the day at home. I spend a lot of time with Nitara.” (more…)