Karachi: Bollywood star Akshay Kumar has supported the presence of Pakistani artistes in the Indian entertainment industry saying that they have brought diversity.
"From their powerful dialogue delivery to incredible music talent, Pakistanis have made valuable contribution to Bollywood. Some of the most memorable songs of Bollywood have been sung by Pakistani artistes and the opportunities to work together will be endless," Akshay said.
In the interview to Express Tribune newspaper, the 46-year-old actor, whose latest film ‘Boss’ hit theatres last week, also said that Pakistan`s top comedian, Umar Shareef has been a constant source of learning and inspiration for him.
"I have watched Umar Shareef since I entered the industry over 20 years ago and he is one of the best comedians of all time. What I love most about him is his comic timing and delivery," said Akshay.
"You can be the funniest man on paper but unless you have got the timing right, your joke will be lost. Mr Umer Sharif, I salute your gift," he added.
Akshay has over 100 films to his credit and portrayed some larger-than-life, action packed and farcical roles in his career.
"My secret is that I never act my age. I may be in my 40s but my heroines are usually in their 20s," he said.
Akshay said he always liked to have a good chemistry with his co-stars. "I don`t act like a superstar. The minute there is an inferiority complex between two actors, it becomes very uncomfortable to watch."
The actor said the he supports the recent trend in Bollywood to remake South India-inspired films, saying, "Hats off to South Indian films! They have the content that the world enjoys; it is an honour for me to recreate their magic."
Akshay also said he is happy to see that Pakistani cinema is growing again and hopes that it will keep thriving.
"No matter how great anyone is, there is always room for improvement. Filmmakers should keep experimenting with new techniques and never feel afraid of going back to film school," he said.