Akshay Kumar Interview on Desi Boyz
Tell us a little about the character of Rocco you play in the film and how does it differ from what we have seen you playing before?
My name in the film is actually Jerry Patel, I am basically a guy who doesn’t care, about anything or anyone, what the beautiful part about this film is how the recession literally forces me to buck my ideas up, take some responsibility in life & knuckle under & the journey is very rocking I must say, me & my best friend Nick (John Abraham) completely run out of money & in our desperation are offered to become male escorts, of course me being the frivolous one I think it’s a brilliant plan, hence the name ‘Rocco’,
Rocco is my night time name shall we say, where pole dancing becomes a necessity for both of us, the rest is for the lucky viewers that go to see this film at the cinemas, only they get to experience the real Rocco & Jerry in me!!! This film is a first of many, 1st time Director RohitDawan, 1st time co-staring with Chitrangada Singh, 1st time Pole dancing, there is so much of freshness in this film that I genuinely feel people will see so much from all of us, I love the story & you’ll all see ‘why’ when you see it…
· Did you take any less ons in pole dancing before you started work on the film?
What can I say I was a natural ;o) … No actually both John & I were equally nervous; no man wants to look either too good or too useless on a pole, if you know what I mean!! Luckily for me my gym is made of bars & rods so I’m used to swinging & climbing on poles daily, only now I had to do it with a strippers flare rather than my usual monkey technique!
I thoroughly enjoyed myself in the Bachelorette song where both John & I come sliding down two golden poles to entertain the ladies, it’s been brilliantly shot, & it’s all in good taste, this film is made so much for families to enjoy, even your Grandma’s will have an honest twinkle in there eyes ;o)
· What was it like working with John again after Garam Masala and has he changed as an actor?
All I can say is we are a pair & a half, our reuniting has been well over due, & it’s been absolutely brilliant shooting with him again, the respect we both have for each other’s bodies & professionalism is immense for two heroes in the same industry to have. We have very similar backgrounds so it’s easy for us to get along so well, he’s always worked damn hard in his career & in this film he’s giving the ladies exactly what they deserve. The only thing that has changed about him as an actor is his growth, not only in his muscles but his maturity & dedication to prove he’s more than meets the eye.
· What was it like working with the new comer Chitrangada Singh and what was Rohit Dhawan like as a director?
Chitrangada is far from a new-comer, she is already wonderfully critically acclaimed, has quite recently & deservedly won a National Award, she is by far an incredible actress not to mention stunning as well. This is of course her first commercial film in Bollywood so nerves were high but she has the ability to blow everyone away on the sets each day. An absolute pleasure to work with, I can only say I hope this is a first of many films to come!!
What a shock the world is going to get when they see this film & realize the age the potential the talent the brains & vision this boy has, RohitDawan is a credit to his father, he’s done a brilliant job on DesiBoyz, he knows exactly what he wants & just how to get it. I’m a huge supporter of new comers, they have passion & drive of the purest form, &Rohit has given me great confidence, we work unbelievably well together as we both have one goal in mind, pleasing the audience in every single shot. Am already looking forward to his future work, he has an eagerness to accomplish achieve he is what BlockBusters are made of…
· Did you enjoy filming in London and what are your favourite songs from the film?
London LondonLondon, it’s a dream city to live in work in & play in, me & my entire family we all love it mainly for the parks & restaurants!! As for the songs this film has got a lot to offer, my personal favourite would have to be the DesiBoyz title track, it just gets under your skin & you cant help but dance to the beat ;o) I remember sitting in my car playing it over & over again, thinking does this blow my mind, before I even reached set I already couldn’t start waiting to shoot for it, & the visuals to this track are saucy fun & fantastic ;o)