Mumbai: Everyone wondered why Akshay Kumar dedicated his performance at Reliance Broadcast Network`s Big Star awards held here to the New Year when it wasn`t even Christmas time!
It turned out that Akshay`s performance Tuesday night was targeted at being telecast on New Year`s eve on a channel. But to the nominees who were present at the venue of the awards, it did appear odd that Akshay was singing and dancing about the New Year nine days in advance.
Said one of the stars present at the awards, "It was quite funny, really. Akshay was welcoming the year 2011 on Dec 21. We all wondered if he was trying to prove he was ahead of his times."
When contacted, Tarun Katial, Chief Executive Officer of Reliance Broadcast Network, said, "Akshay`s New Year gig was part of his `Tees Maar Khan` act. Since his performance was going to be part of the telecast of our awards on New Year`s eve we decided to include it."
Incidentally, live performances at other awards functions, if targeted at a specific date, are recorded separately from the function.
Said Akshay: "The New Year bit was part of my `Tees Maar Khan` act. Anything for my film. Also, Mr. (Amitabh) Bachchan came and joined me on stage for an impromptu jig. After that, time ceased to matter for me. I didn`t care if it was Christmas or New Year."