Bollywood Action Heroes talk about their friendship — Akshay Kumar & Sidharth Malhotra
In their forthcoming film — ‘Brothers’, these two handsome hunks are pitted against each other, however, in real life Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra share a warm bond, which is akin to real brothers.
In an industry where two actors sharing screen space seldom see eye-to-eye, Akshay and Sidharth connected instantly while shooting for Karan Johar’s ‘Brothers’, which is an official remake of the 2011 Hollywood film ‘Warrior’.
Though the film is very intense and shows the Khiladi locking horns with the ‘Student Of The Year’ actor, the atmosphere on the sets was anything but serious. “Thanks to sir,” reveals Sidharth who refers to Akshay as sir. While the equation between the duo may sound very formal, the fact is that the two have been a riot on the sets. Be it over fitness gyan, martial arts, or Punjabi non-veg jokes, Akshay and Sidharth hit it off like a house on fire.
Sidharth who was last seen in ‘Ek Villan’ was initially quite nervous to match his action moves alongside B-town’s ace action hero, however to his surprise Akshay not only made him feel comfortable but instantly connected with him as a friend. “He has been very sweet and warm right from our first meeting. This is my first ever experience of working with a big star and he has been very helpful as a co-star. He didn’t act like a senior at all and treated me like one of his contemporaries. Even during scenes, he would help me improvise. I really have a lot of respect for him. We instantly connected, and I learnt a lot from him. Despite being a Punjabi, I never spoke Punjabi, but during Brothers, I learnt a lot of Punjabi from Akshay sir's vocabulary. Being on the set with him is like being in a Punjabi joke book. He constantly cracked jokes, including a lot of non-veg jokes, which I obviously can't share," reveals Sidharth.
See them together and the one thing you notice is the fantastic equation these two yaars share and it’s certainly not there only because of their Punjabi connection.
“Yes we do have a Punjabi connect, but my equation with Sid is different. I have met many other Punjabi actors too but never had such bonding,” says Akshay Kumar. He adds, “Sid reminds me of myself at that age. There is his interest in fitness; I was like that too at this age... very engrossed in building the right physique. Also, he is very punctual, which I have always felt is important. He is also focused and hard working. When I speak to him, he reminds me of how I was.”
The camaraderie between the two fitness fanatics only grew stronger as the film schedule ended. “In fact, Akshay would be extra careful when Sidharth would be shooting any action sequences, ensuring that he doesn’t hurt himself while doing some tedious scenes,” said a source from the film. Needless to say, such concern speaks volumes about the Asli Yaari shared by these two actors.
“We have actually started sharing an elder-younger brother kind of relationship,” says Sidharth, he further adds, “I think there’s a strong Punjabi connect along with an ‘outside boy’ connect that we share. Akshay sir tells me, “You should always aim for something higher, and you will get it.” He has been very encouraging. He would often also ask about how my family is doing too.”
In fact, Akshay even bonded with Sidharth’s real brother – Harshad during the trailer launch of ‘Brothers’.
Often co-actors lose touch with each other post the release of their films; however, that does not seem to be the case between these two friends. From the easy camaraderie they share, it seems like a bond for life.
Cheers to their bromance!
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