Akshay’s Rowdy riding high


Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s last film ‘Guzaarish’ failed to do too well at the box office. Despite that, the filmmaker’s upcoming project ‘Rowdy Rathore’ has been sold for a staggering Rs 35 crore, say sources from the trade. Perhaps it’s the Akshay Kumar magic that has worked for him this time around. This is happens to be the highest that Bhansali has received for any of his films till date. Interestingly, even Akshay Kumar’s films in the past had not generated such a high price. His film ‘Housefull’, produced by Sajid Nadiadwala fetched the highest satellite price for the actor so far. As his film ‘Rowdy Rathore’ gets a record deal for the satellite rights and on the other, his co-production ‘Oh My God!’ is racing to the finishing line. Akshay Kumar, playing the role of a tough producer has instructed his co-producer, friend and lead actor Paresh Rawal to learn how to ride a scooter in eight days flat. “There are major portions in the film where Rawal is supposed to drive the two-wheeler in the lanes and bylanes of Mumbai. And he doesn’t know how to ride a scooter at all,” said a source. That’s when Akshay stepped in and asked Paresh to start learning. According to the source, “Akshay makes it a point to wake Paresh up at 5.30 am every day. Paresh has been riding the scooter in the lanes of Juhu since the past three or four days.”