Speedy Singhs to clash with Mausam this Friday
By Hindustan Times
He is venturing into the international market with his first Indo-Canadian production Speedy Singhs but Akshay Kumar says he is happier acting in Bollywood films and has no wish to go hunting for roles beyond borders as of yet.
"I am very happy starring in Indian films right now. Even though I am producing an international project, starring in films outside the country is a different ball game.
"When I started my production house, I hadn't thought that I would be producing an international film one day. Likewise, I haven't thought of acting in any film outside India, but maybe I will star in one in the future," said Akshay.
The 44-year-old had signed on to work in director Deepa Mehta's ambitious project based on the Komagata Maru incident, but the film's status is unknown as of yet.
Akshay, who played a cricketer in his last release Patiala House, is putting his full weight behind Speedy Singhs set in the backdrop of ice hockey, which Akshay says he decided to produce as the father-son story appealed to him.
"I am more inclined to sports films be it cricket or anything else. Ice hockey is not so popular in India, but this film also has an emotional father-son story which everyone can connect to," he said.
The film is internationally titled Breakaway and it has been named Speedy Singhs for the Indian audience. Akshay said it was his idea to keep two separate names for the film.
"Breakaway is an ice hockey term. Indians will connect better with the name Speedy Singhs. The film is originally in English and we have dubbed it in Hindi for the Indian audience," said Akshay, adding that they are releasing the film with 650 prints in India.
Starring newcomer Vinay Virmani, Camilla Belle, Rob Lowe, Russell Peters and Anupam Kher, Speedy Singhs is releasing all over on September 23, the same day as Shahid Kapoor's Mausam. But Akshay isn't worried about a clash at the box office.
"The two films are very different from each other and have separate target audience. I am sure Shahid's father has made a brilliant film and I wish him all the best. I hope both films do well," he said.