Trust Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar to inject some action and adventure to a press conference.
The action hero, in Dubai to promote his film Boss, took a slightly different route on Tuesday as he whizzed around in a jet ski in Dubai Marina before jumping on to a yacht filled with journalists. Just like the quintessential Bollywood hero, his entry was dramatic and his mood was surprisingly sunny (something we couldn’t say after his last trip to Dubai in August).
“I had fun. But what happened to the speed though? I think they hampered it because there’s some regulation about speed here,” said Kumar as soon as jumped aboard the boat.
Dressed in a long green coat, Kumar was dressed just like his character of a small town gangster in the family drama. The self-made star takes pride in executing his own stunts in his films.
“Boss is a cable-free film. By that I mean that the villain and the hero are strong enough for a hand-to-hand combat. The action is raw and realistic. We have worked very hard for it,” said Kumar.
He described Boss as a “complete entertainer” that will appeal to the masses.
“It’s a commercial film that will bring numbers to the table. I don’t want to use the word ‘different’. Just remember to come into the theatres to have fun,” he added.
Boss is in the same space as Salman Khan’s Dabangg and Kumar’s own blockuster Rowdy Rathore. The heroes in these films are inevitably larger-than-life, strong and have a talent for churning out bombastic dialogues.
Kumar was accompanied by his leading lady Aditi Rao Hydari and rapper Honey Singh, who has composed a song for the film.
“He’s a little genius,” said Kumar about Singh.
The admiration wasn’t one-sided. The rapper said he is in the process of writing a song especially for Kumar.
“I will convince him to sing that one,” said Singh, who’s known for his club hits and controversial lyrics.
Kumar also introduced Dubai to a new version of the 1986 hit song Har Kissi Ko Nahi Milta, from the cult film Jaanbaaz, which will feature in Boss.
“I dedicate this song to [late actor] Feroz Khanji,” said Kumar after he met with a thunderous applause and cat calls at the unveiling of the video.
“You guys are the first ones to see it. I had requested the producers for that to happen,” said Kumar.
When asked whether he had managed to snap up a mansion in Dubai, Kumar joked that he too read the rumours about signing a deal.
“I read somewhere that I am buying a house from a Russian broker. Now all I have to do is collect the papers,” he quipped.