Akshay Kumar: I’d rather play a real hero, than a superhero


Aksahy Kumar is gearing up for his upcoming film Airlift. In a recent interview with a leading daily, the actor has revealed that he likes to play a real here, than a super hero.

When he was asked about that Airlift was his fourth patriotic film in last 3 years he said, "The difference here is, it is a true story of what happened to 1,70,000 Indians in Kuwait in 1990, when Saddam Hussein invaded the country. I have interacted with those people and heard their horrifying stories. I even know the person whose role I am portraying. Some of them were billionaires who turned beggars overnight. I shudder to think what would happen if I was struck with a similar fate. What if I woke up one day and all that I owned was taken away from me. I loved the subject and I thought it had to be told. My father was in the army, so somewhere I feel motivated to do such films. I'd rather play a real hero than a superhero. A superhero can fly and beat up 1,000 people. A real hero can't, but he is still braver than the superhero. So, I'd rather play a real character."

The actor was also left in tears while shooting for the film. "Yes, in the last 15 minutes I was moved to tears. It is not the 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham' kind of tears, lekin dil bhar aata hai. I recently met some IPS officers and they were talking about films like 'Baby' with such pride. It makes me believe I made the right choice. I know films like these don't easily go above Rs 90-100 crore, because not everyone wants to see patriotic films. But I believe that is also changing. The section of audience who wants to see such films is also on the rise, so that makes me hopeful."

Airlift is scheduled to release on 22 January 2016.

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