The women in the Singh Is Bliing team – producer Ashvini Yardi and actresses Lara Dutta and Amy Jackson – in conversation with Team Box Office India.
Box Office India: All of you started your careers with Akshay Kumar… Lara (Dutta) started her career with him; Ashvini (Yardi) started her career as a film producer with him; and now Amy (Jackson) is working with him.
Lara Dutta (LD): My first film (Andaaz) was with him. And he keeps reminding me that we are as old as Aarav is because Aarav was born during the schedule of Andaaz. So he always says, ‘Dekh, tu itni buddhi ho gayi hai.’ But he hasn’t changed one bit. He was already a big star when I made my debut in the industry. I had no clue about the industry back then. So, in a way, I had the best teacher in Akshay. I have worked with everybody, from Salman Khan to Shah Rukh Khan, but I haven’t met anyone who works as hard as Akshay Kumar does. He has literally seen every phase. He has seen super-stardom; he has experienced failure; then he rebuilt his career; and has sustained himself for the longest time. He has the maximum amount of streets marked in this business and he has carefully maintained a reputation where he has no big friendships but no ridiculous dushmani either. I think that is really commendable in this business.