He seems to have hung up his gloves.
Fresh faced as ever, Akshay Kumar, by his own reckoning, is now a veteran, and tired of his successful stud-defeats-world-by-kickboxing persona. In a candid conversation with Syed Firdaus Ashraf and Patcy N, he reveals the real thrills in his life.
Here are some excerpts:
"This is my 15th year in the industry; and I've done two films with Abbas-Mastan before this -- Khiladi, the first big success of my career, and Ajnabee, which gave me a lot of awards and critical applause for a negative role. Whenever they have given me any role, it has been that of an accomplished actor. Now, in Aitraaz too, it is a very different role.
It's the role of a common man. I remember when they first narrated the character to me they said it's not the typical Indian hero kind of role, where you are being framed in a rape case and to escape that you just go around hitting two or three guys or jumping from a building or beating up the lawyers -- it is not like that! This is a common man's role, and you have to perform with a lot of integrity and honesty.
The film is based on a controversial case, some two and a half years ago, involving basketball player Kobe Bryant.