Still from the movie 'Samrat Prithviraj' directed by Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi and starring Akshay Kumar and Manushi Chillar
By Smita Prakash
When two creative people get married, it is difficult for both to grow simultaneously without intruding into each other's space. Think 'Abhimaan' where Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri essayed those fictional characters so perfectly. But this is the 21st century.
Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna have a marriage where they have divergent views on almost all aspects of creative pursuits and yet they manage to make the relationship work. Sometimes even across continents. Twinkle spends a lot of time with son Aarav who is studying in London these days. She herself is honing her skills in fictional writing while her husband Akshay is set to make waves one way or the other with his latest film 'Samrat Prithviraj'.
#WATCH via ANI Multimedia | Akshay Kumar and Samrat Prithviraj’s dir Chandraprakash Dwivedi interview with ANI's Smita Prakash on #KK’s demise, work-life balance, Prithviraj controversy, his personal life, Hindu nationalism, his interview with PM Modi.https://t.co/YasxsV3ywC
— ANI (@ANI) June 1, 2022
He very candidly says that he divides time between London and India, picking up any role that offers him a chance to shoot in London. Akshay is a family man through and through- a doting father, a dutiful son and brother and an equal partner to his wife.
While speaking exclusively to ANI on a whole gamut of issues, Akshay grins when asked about 'pind da munda' marrying into South Mumbai sophistication. He says "It works very weirdly. I have no idea. She thinks there, I think there (We think in two opposite directions)."
Akshay has a child-like way of accepting what comes his way in life, he admits that he is a sponge when ideas come his way. Acutely conscious that he is not as well read, as educated as his wife, he says he reads her articles, and listens to her views, her opinions just as he does when meets with learned people. And that sometimes spurs his creative instinct.
"If asked and not why did you do it. If asked, then she will give me a suggestion. If she asks me to read her column, I will read it. If she asks what I think about it; I will say this is not a good thing. If not asked, I keep myself aside. I don't interfere with her life, she doesn't interfere with mine." he said.
A big void in his life is the passing away of his mother with whom he shared a very special bond. His only sibling, his sister lives in the same building as him. In the interview to ANI, he mentions how work-life balance is extremely important for everyone.
On the subject, Akshay said,"It is very important that you keep a balance in your life." He spoke of how a few days ago he had gone to a village for shooting where he visited a farmer's house for tea. " I will tell you the truth, though his house was really small there was happiness all around, even more than mine, though I have everything."
"They were happy because they are not stressed about anything. They wake up in the morning and go to work, in the evening they eat dinner before sunset. They work for the entire day, their children go to a school nearby. They have kept a balance."
"They told me that in the night 'I tell my children stories from the Ramayana and they go to sleep, sometimes I am so tired that while narrating I myself fall off to sleep while they don't'. So, I realized that they have kept a life balance and this is a thing to learn, to go back to our basics, we are not in our basics."
I think Akshay Kumar is a great choice for the role of Samrat Prithviraj. His intense acting and the freshness he brings to any role after completing 30 successful years in the industry is remarkable. #SamratPrithvirajLegacy @duttsanjay @SonuSood @ManushiChhillar @akshaykumar pic.twitter.com/7FngxNBgNE
— Rahul Mishra (@DigitalRahulM) June 1, 2022
'Prithviraj', which is directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi, is set to release on June 3 in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Manushi Chhillar, Sanjay Dutt and Sonu Sood are also a part of the period drama.
The film is based on the life story of brave and mighty king Prithviraj Chauhan and portrays the great warrior's valour and valiant fight against the cruel invader Muhammad Ghori.
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