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Akshay Kumar ups his action game for Holiday

Mumbai: He was the action star. He is the action star and he will remain the action star.
Fit as a fiddle, action titan Akshay Kumar has embarked on a new exciting journey with his forthcoming thriller Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, in which he will try AKIRU, a form of martial art.
‘Action will be taken to a new level with Holiday, in which Akshay’s physicality will be put on full display,’ said an insider.
To take viewers through the new thrilling ride with this new style of action, the makers roped in renowned British stuntman Greg Powell, known for his work in Hollywood’s super hit franchises such as Harry Potter and James Bond, to ensure that the novelty of each stunt is executed with perfection.
In fact, the makers take pride in associating with Powell for his first Bollywood project. Resting on Akshay’s well-muscled shoulder, the film promises to be a refreshing break for the movie buffs, served in the recent past mostly with southern-styled stunts. ‘The idea to introduce the new style was to break away from the regular action off lately seen in our films, especially the southern action being adopted in Hindi cinema. We wanted to take the scale of the action close to what we see in Hollywood and make the sequences look much more real,’ said the insider.
Akshay, who performs the lion’s share of the stunts in the film, was so enthusiastic about trying out new things, that he first trained himself in AKIRU for the movie.
He tested each and every stunt himself. Not only that, Akshay’s fitness came in handy while performing stunts.
This certainly impressed Powell who swears by the actor’s fitness, dedication and superb memory.
‘Akshay is very dedicated to his work. He is very fit and he loves doing his own stunts. He loves doing his fights - he loves being involved in it,’ said the expert.
He may be touted as Hindi cinema’s uncrowned action king, but what impressed Powell was that despite the vast experience, Akshay believed in training and doing a daily rehearsal. ians
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