Mumbai, Sep 13 :
Actor-producer Akshay Kumar
quest for good stories and unique concepts is now taking him to Marathi
plays. He has produced a film in the language.
"I like the
sensibilities of Gujarati plays and I love Marathi plays
also. I can
speak Marathi fluently. I go and watch Marathi plays
as well. I must say
that they come up with very unusual subjects," Akshay, who was born and
brought up in the capital, said during a media interaction here
"I am producing a Marathi film. It is already completed. I am not acting in it. It's called ' 72 Mail
', ('72 Miles')," he added.
on a novel by Ashok Vhatkar
, " 72 Mail
" has been directed by Rajiv
Patil, whose film " Jogwa
" won the National Award in 2009. It is about
the journey of a 13-year-old boy who walked from Satara to Kolhapur in
Maharashtra in 1960.
Akshay has been associated with Gujarati
plays since 2002 when his " Aankhein
", which has been inspired by
director Vipul Amrutlal Shah's Gujarati play "Andhalo Pato", released.
Even his 2005 hit " Waqt - Race Against Time
" has been an adaptation of a
play in the same language. Both the films were appreciated.
he wasn't third time lucky as his 2010 release "Action Replayy", also an
adaptation of a Gujarati play, failed to replicate the success of his
last two films.
When asked about his fascination for Gujarati
plays, Akshay said: "It might be that Gujarati people appeal to me a
lot. Paresh Rawal is Gujarati, Vipul Shah is also Gujarati and 80
percent of my staff is also Gujarati. ' Aankhein
' and 'Waqt' are very
close to my heart, but something went wrong with 'Action Replayy' and
that was the only film which didn't work."
The 45-year-old is
currently promoting "Oh My God", which is again inspired from Paresh
Rawal's Gujarati play "Kanji Virrudh Kanji" and tells the story of an
atheist who incurs huge losses when his antique shop is destroyed by an
The play was staged in Hindi too as "Krishan vs Kanhaiya".
"Oh My God" is slated for a Sep 28 release.© IANS