'I am a fighter first, then an actor'

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'I am a fighter first, then an actor'

Actor Akshay Kumar is set to take his passion for martial arts a step further by making a full-fledged movie based on it. “We are making a film on martial arts.

This is something which is very close to my heart. It is still in scripting stage. We are trying to make the film as authentic as possible,” Akshay said. 

Before joining the film industry, Akshay studied martial arts in Bangkok. He then came back to Mumbai, where he started teaching martial arts.

“My love for sports will never die. I love martial arts and I want to promote it in whichever way I can. I am a fighter first, then an actor,” he said. However, Akshay is unlikely to act in the film that his company Hari Om Entertainment will produce. “I don’t know if there will be any suitable role for me in that,” he said.

Akshay’s next release is Milan Luthria’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara, a sequel to 2010 hit ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai’. 

“We are getting good response and I am happy about it. Considering that it is a sequel of a hit film, there was no pressure on me for this film.

We all gave our best and now it is up to the audience to decide the fate of the film,” he said. The film also stars Imran Khan, Sonakshi Sinha and Sonali Bendre. It will release on August 15.

Meanwhile, in a unique way of promoting a film, the makers of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara promoted the film during the Indo-Pak ‘Champions Trophy’ match in the UK.

 “It is always interesting to see an India-Pakistan match. To see both the countries fight on the field is quite exciting. The experience was good... it was fun,”Akshay said.

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