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'Akshay is the best action hero in the country'

By Subhash K Jha
April 25, 2013 12:25 IST
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Akshay KumarWhile Vipul Shah is busy writing the sequel to Namaste London, which he will start shooting in 2014, his bonding with Akshay Kumar has not suffered any dent due to the filmmaker's new association with Commando actor Vidyut Jamwal.

In fact, Shah plans to rope in Akshay in the sequel of Commando, as a consultant.

"Akshay is the best action hero in the country," Shah announces. "He was very excited when we started Commando with Vidyut. In fact, we’d have liked Akshay to be more participative in Commando but he was too busy. In the sequel, we intend to bring Akshay in.”

Though Vipul doesn’t reveal plans, one understands that Akshay will supervise some of the stunts in Commando 2, and also guide Vidyut.

Meanwhile, Vipul is working on his next production. “At the moment, I am on the location of  the Hindi remake of the Tamil hit Thupakki. Director Murugadoss is completely capable of looking after the project but as the producer, I have to be there to ensure that my director’s vision is not compromised in any way. For instance, we were shooting on the streets of Mumbai, and I noticed the cars on the streets were not posh enough. So I ordered 20 imported cars to give the street a sleek appearance. So, I am shooting with Akshay even now although I am not directing him,” he says.

Murugadoss' film is the reason why Vipul's own directorial venture has been pushed ahead.

“Murugadoss needed 150 days from Akshay. After giving that kind of time, Akshay has no space for my film. That’s why I direct him next year,” he explains.

While Vipul will not reveal more about his directorial venture we can tell you this much in advance: The film will feature Akshay and Vidyut together.

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Subhash K Jha in Patna