Mumbai: If Shah Rukh Khan and Ajay Devgn can do it, how can Khiladi Akshay Kumar be left behind? We are talking about the advent of superheroes in Bollywood with Ajay already enjoying the status of ‘Toonpur ka Superhero’ and SRK all set to release ‘Ra. One’. Joining these two A-listers is industries fittest and the most athletic actor Akshay Kumar.
It is been some time now that Akshay’s been toying with idea of doing a super-hero film. Divulging more about the project, Akshay said, “It`s something that I`ve promised my son Aarav. Not quite the Western model of a super-hero, but a super-hero more identifiable with our own culture”.
Sources confirm that Akshay`s super-hero epic would be a mythological-cum-fantasy flick and Nikhil Advani will direct it.
Advani said to a daily, "All I can say at the moment is that I`m going to cast Akshay as a full-on hero. He is the kind of guy that kids look up to as a protector. He`s complete super-hero material."
A source revealed, "Akshay doesn`t want to make his super-hero film a replica of Superman or Spiderman. He knows the original Hollywood super-heroes are now available in every Indian language including Bhojpuri. He has asked his director to turn more to Hindu mythology for inspiration. The role-model for Akshay`s super-hero would be Hanuman."
While the character is now being developed to accommodate Akshay`s vision, the super-hero film would also mark the return of Akshay as a full-on action hero.
"He will perform a lot of his stunts himself. Somewhere down the line he began playing the goofy loser once too often. Son Aarav and wife Twinkle want him to play the super-hero," the source said.
"The idea is not to take on Hollywood on their terms but to work our way around their USPs," said Akki.