What do you think makes Akshay Kumar click?
Simple. He connects. The way Mr Bachchan did it in the 80s (and still does!), Govinda did it right through all the No 1 movies of David Dhawan...in the same way Akshay connects. People relate to him. Like the best of performers, he isn't just cool, he has created the new definition of cool. He's no longer acting, he's on flow, having a ball. So much so that it transcends the screen and gets to the audience too.
Your opinion of him as an actor?
I'm biased, of course. I think he is fabulous. He's reinvented himself from a hardcore action hero to an all-round entertainer who can pretty much carry off anything, very much like Mr Bachchan in the 80s. You see his earlier work and now, it's clear that he's made a deadly leap forward. And yet if you examine the journey, it's no single leap but small precise deliberate steps. Bettering himself film by film. Mr Bachchan always was a great actor.. Akshay has really worked his way up performance by performance. I think...