Published On: Tue, Aug 9th, 2016

Wasn’t difficult to portray a Parsi: Akshay Kumar

Actor Akshay Kumar, who essays a Parsi character in his forthcoming film “Rustom”, says it wasn’t tough.

The actor shared that he has a lot of Parsi friends, and so portraying a person from a different religion, wasn’t tough.

“I have lots of friends who are Parsis. One of my best friends in school was a Parsi. My manager is also a Parsi. So I have a lot of Parsi friends and I know people from the community. Therefore, it wasn’t a difficult role to portray,” Akshay told the media here while promoting “Rustom” on Monday.

In “Rustom”, Akshay essays a Navy officer. He has previously donned the uniform as an Army officer in “Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty”, anti-terrorism secret agent in “Baby”, an Indian Air Force officer in “Andaaz” and as a police officer in films such as “Aan: Men at Work”, “Khakee”, “Mohra”, “Main Khiladi Tu Anari” and “Khiladi 786”, among others.

Akshay says that in real life, he had tried his luck to get into the Merchant Navy, but said things did not work out.

“My father was in the Army, so there was one time when it would have been possible that I would have been in the Merchant Navy, but things did not work out… Something else was written in my destiny, so here I am in front you,” Akshay said.

“Rustom” is based on the theme of infidelity and extra-marital relationships. It is based on the sensational Nanavati case where Indian Navy Commander Kawas Manekshaw Nanavati was tried for the murder of Prem Ahuja, his wife’s lover.

Also starring Ileana D’Cruz, Esha Gupta, Arjan Bajwa and Pavan Malhotra, among others, the film is set to release on August 12.– (IANS)