South industry more punctual, professional than Bollywood: Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar says working in the Rajinikanth-starrer 2.0 was a learning experience for him as he realized that the south industry is not only more punctual but also more professional than Bollywood. The actor plays the villain, Dr. Richard, in the film, which is a sequel to Shankar's blockbuster Enthiran. "Technologically, South is more advanced than us," Akshay said in an interview in Mumbai.
Akshay continued, "They are more professional than us. If the shoot time is at 7:30, the shooting will start sharp on time. Here, 7:30 means you can come by 9:30. Their superstars arrive on time on set." He believes newcomers should do at least five films down south before coming to Bollywood as time is not a luxury one can afford in southern cinema.
"I sometimes feel a newcomer should do five films there and then come here. He/she will learn a lot. In a day, they take 30-40 shots. Here, we manage around 12-13 shots... They don't take other people for granted. They value other people's time," said Akshay. He says he was bowled over by the humility of megastar Rajinikanth when he first met him.
Akshay, who worked with Rajinikanth in 2.0 said, "We used to talk in Marathi. He's a Maharashtrian and I also know the language. He is a great man. It's amazing how you give him one dialogue and he changes it into an epic dialogue."
Recently, Rajinikanth had said that 2.0 will belong to Akshay but the Padman star considers himself to be the "Amrish Puri" of the action-fantasy genre. "It's very much his (Rajinikanth) film because the title is '2.0'. He is '2.0'. He is just being kind and nice to me. I'm the Amrish Puri of the film," he quipped. 2.0 is scheduled to release tomorrow.