‘Very good to see trend of sports films’

Indian Actor Akshay Kumar is happy that sports films are being made in Bollywood and it is not only cricket that has caught everyone’s attention but other games are also in focus.

The trend of centring movies around wrestling and boxing seems to be catching up in Bollywood as Salman Khan is doing Sultan where he plays the role of a wrestler and Aamir Khan too be will be seen as a wrestler in Dangal.

In the upcoming film Brothers, Akshay will be seen in the boxing ring. “I think it is very good that this trend is happening. It is good that sports is seen as a great subject in Bollywood and because of that, it’s not only cricket but other sports as well like kabbadi, hockey are coming on-screen through films and that is good,” Akshay said in an interview here. “I hope martial art also comes in the forefront.

I wouldn’t be surprised if one day, like IPL, mix martial art (tournament) comes in,” he said. Starring Akshay and Siddharth Malhotra as “Brothers” —the film is an upcoming action-drama, based on mixed martial arts. Directed by Karan Malhotra, Brothers is an official remake of the 2011 Hollywood film Warrior and is set to release on August 14. The film is pertinent to Akshay’s life as he loves action and is trained in martial arts.

“Martial art has always been my first love and I always call myself a stuntman first and then an actor. This has been a comfortable space, I have enjoyed myself working on this film. I am glad that people have started making films on martial art and self defence which is actually the need of the hour,” Akshay said. “I am happy that somebody is making a film on martial art. We both (Siddharth and I) are mixed martial art students and (in the movie) it so happens that we are brothers and we hate each other and come in the ring,” he said.

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