Tusshar Kapoor discusses turning producer for Akshay Kumar-starrer horror comedy Laxmii

Tusshar Kapoor, who is venturing into film production with Akshay Kumar-starrer Laxmii, says it was a natural progression rather than a calculated career move

Press Trust of India November 01, 2020 17:08:19 IST
Tusshar Kapoor discusses turning producer for Akshay Kumar-starrer horror comedy Laxmii

Actor Tusshar Kapoor, who is venturing into film production with Akshay Kumar-starrer Laxmii, says it was a natural progression rather than a calculated career move.

Kapoor, son of veteran actor Jeetendra made his acting debut in 2001 with Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai opposite Kareena Kapoor Khan.

He went on to feature in movies like Kyaa Kool Hai Hum (2005), Dhol (2007), Shootout at Wadala (2013) and the Golmaal series. His last major acting gig was 2017's Golmaal Again.

The 43-year-old actor said he decided to produce the horror-comedy Laxmii because he found the plot of 2011 Tamil original Kanchana interesting.

"It is not like I am getting into the next stage (of my career) as a producer. It was a natural decision that came very spontaneously.

"I am not changing tracks. I will be doing both acting and producing. If I get the right subject, I will act in and produce the same film. My next film will be as an actor," Kapoor told Press Trust of India in an interview.

The actor-producer added he has always picked films on the basis of the content and will follow the same criteria when producing.

"It is not that I am trying to make a statement as a producer. My choice will always be on the basis of the script and content."

Kapoor said it was co-producer Shabina Khan, who had previously backed Kumar's Rowdy Rathore and Gabbar, brought the proposal of producing the Hindi remake of Kanchana.

Tusshar Kapoor discusses turning producer for Akshay Kumarstarrer horror comedy Laxmii

Akshay Kumar in a still from Laxmii | Twitter

To make the character appealing and interesting Kapoor, along with Khan and director Raghava Lawrence, decided to cast Akshay in the role, he said.

"We needed an actor whose image was strong for the audience to enjoy the character as it is a different role."

Kapoor added they were initially doubtful that Kumar would say yes to the part, but when they shared the script with the Bollywood star he immediately came on board.

While the Tamil film was penned by Lawrence, for the Hindi versions the makers also roped in writer Farhad Samji.

Kapoor said the essence of both films is the same.

Laxmii was earlier scheduled to be released in theatres on 22 May, but due to cinema houses being shut amid the coronavirus pandemic, the film is releasing on streaming platform Disney+ Hotstar on 9 November.

Kapoor said the team had to take a practical and sensible decision as there was uncertainty around the future of cinemas amid the pandemic.

"Cinemas were on closure and we had no idea when they will open. Today cinemas have opened up but we don't know when the audience is going to be back in the normal way," he said.

Even though Laxmii is releasing on OTT he is nervous about the reaction of the audience to the film, he added.

The movie also stars Kiara Advani, Ashwini Kalsekar, Sharad Kelkar, Ayesha Raza Mishra and Manu Rishi.

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