It finally happened on Saturday Night (October 9). The retro-music-and-dance night at a suburban retro club Polyester, where Akshay Kumar was deejay and played all his favourite songs from the 1970s as part of the promotional campaign for Action Replayy. The retro Saturday night was sadly incomplete without Akshay’s leading lady Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Aishwarya has gone to the Pusan Film Festival, leaving Akshay to his own musical devices on Saturday night.
Vipul explains his leading lady’s absence on this important night. “The retro-music night was to happen on September 30. But that turned out to be the date for the verdict on Ayodhya. When, now, Aishwarya had committed her time for such an important international festival, I couldn’t expect her to set aside her plans. And she had promised, she would try to fly back to Mumbai for the evening and then return to Pusan.”
Akshay, however, was reconciled to his solitary star appearance as a deejay for one night. He will now be accompanied by Aditya Roy Kapoor, the veejay turned actor who plays Akshay and Aishwarya’s son in Action Replayy.
Vipul did say this much about Akshay’s unique role as a deejay on Saturday evening: “A lot of the songs Akshay had selected were from Rajesh Khanna films.”
Further probing reveals that Akshay had zeroed in on O mere dil ke chain (Mere Jeevan Saathi), Roop tera mastana (Aradhana), Yeh jo mohabbat hai (Kati Patang) and Yeh kya hua (Amar Prem) as his top-of-the-line dance tracks for the evening.
Akshay had been calling up deejays at two of the most prominent night-places in Mumbai to understand how to conduct himself that evening. Wife Twinkle Khanna was looking into Akshay’s look and wardrobe that evening, Akshay was dressed in 1970s’ retro style.
Says Akshay, “I don’t think any Indian actor or any actor anywhere has been a deejay at a night spot before. I was quite excited.”
The doors at the club were opened to all initially but closed after the place filled up.
– Subhash K Jha /Sampurn Wire