Looks like there is a new actor-director ‘jodi’ forming in the B-town which pretty much is going to be for the keeps. After working in innumerable comedy flicks for years in succession, Akshay Kumar is enjoying a ‘tadka’ of a different kind by working in a ‘masala’ action affair Rowdy Rathore. However, what is making this film special for the actor is the fact that he is simply loving the kind of commercial ingredients that director Prabhu Deva is bringing in this film which is one of the most anticipated next year.
“Akshay has been simply bowled over with the manner in which Prabhu directs his scenes”, says a senior unit member, “At the script level itself, Akshay was quite impressed with what Prabhu had promised around bringing on table. However, it is the sheer execution of the printed word which is impressing Akshay the most. All of a sudden he is seeing flashes of many an action film that he had done during the 90s. He is enjoying every moment of the making of Rowdy Rathore since Prabhu is bringing back ‘masala’ in a very contemporary avtar.”
It’s a different matter though that Akshay didn’t quite go gaga over Prabhu Deva at the very beginning of the film’s shooting schedule.
“It took time for Akshay and Prabhu to warm up to each other. None of the two are the kind who would start talking from nineteen to the dozen in first few meetings itself. They are thorough professionals and let their work do all the talking”, the source continues, “It was after 8-10 days of working on the film that Akshay got a complete hang of how Prabhu shot the film. There has been no looking back ever since then as the duo can be seen in quite a few animated discussions around how to take the film forward.”
“They are definitely bonding and for Prabhu too, it is a step in the right direction since the only other Bollywood actor he has worked with so far is Salman Khan (Wanted). It is good for him too to see such a senior actor show immense trust, faith and confidence in him”, he adds.
While the film is already over 50% complete, Akshay is now waiting for the real deal on the film – ‘hardcore action’.
“So far, the film’s shooting has revolved around quite a few dramatic scenes. However, the kind of action which is expected from a Prabhu Deva film, and something which is also going to be the USP of Rowdy Rathore is yet to be canned”, the source informs, “It won’t be long before Akshay would be getting into kicks and punches in the way Prabhu deems fit for the film. Both of them want to go all out in ensuring that action stands on its own here. While Akshay has worked in over 50 action films in the past, he is taking Rowdy Rathore as a new learning curve as dictated by Prabhu.”<