Akshay Kumar Gets a Dialogue Coach. This is the Reason
It is arguably the most challenging role of his career. Akshay Kumar is currently playing the 12th century warrior-king Prithviraj Chauhan in a film being directed by scholar-filmaker Chandraprakash Dwiwedi. A stickler for authentic historic dramas, Dr Dwiwedi is specially particular about the spoken dialogues in his cinema. For this purpose, he has got a special dialogue coach on board for Akshay Kumar .
It may be noted that dialogue delivery has never been one of Akshay’s strong attributes as an actor. So far his stardom and his ability to seem convincing in every role have seen him through. Not this time! Says a source in the know, “Both Aditya Chopra and director Chandraprakash Dwiwedi felt Akshay needed to work on the dialogues to make the character look fully credible, and Akshay agreed to do so for the first time.”
No wonder the soothsayers are already predicting a National award for Akshay Kumar. Playing the historical icon Prithviraj Chauhan and his better-half Sanyukta won’t be a cakewalk for Akshay Kumar and Manushi Chillar, the former Miss India who makes her debut in this film.
It is reliably learnt that the director Chandraprakash Dwiwedi, known for his factually and emotionally accurate historical serials and feature films, is conducting a series of workshops with the two actors before they face the camera.
A source close to the director reveals, “Akshay has played only contemporary characters throughout his career, and we are not even going into hi ‘Bala’ act in Housefull 4. He is excellent at playing the patriotic card in present times. The same, when transported back by a century would need a different body language. Even the walk has to be different, something that Hrithik didn’t understand when he played Akbar in Ashutosh Gowariker’s Jodha-Akbar.”
The source says Dr Diwedi aims at making an authentic historical and not just a costume drama. “It is easier to mould Manushi Chillar since she has never faced the camera. But Akshay will have to work very hard on his speech and body language,” says the source.
The film is produced by Yash Raj films and is scheduled for a Diwali 2020 release.