After Shah Rukh Khan (Ra.One) and Ajay Devgn (Toonpur ka Superhero), Akshay Kumar is all set to play a superhero inspired by Hanuman in his next film. Akshay doesn’t want to play a superhero inspired by Hollywood but associated with our culture. “It’s something that I’ve promised my son Aarav. Not quite the Western model of a superhero, but a superhero more identifiable with our own culture,” said Akshay.
Akshay’s super-hero epic would be a mythological-cum-fantasy flick and Nikhil Advani will direct it, it was reported. “All I can say at the moment is that I’m going to cast Akshay as a full-on hero. He is the kind of guy that kids look up to as a protector. He’s complete super-hero material,” Advani said.
“Akshay doesn’t want to make his super-hero film a replica of Superman or Spiderman. He knows the original Hollywood super-heroes are now available in every Indian language including Bhojpuri. He has asked his director to turn more to Hindu mythology for inspiration. The role-model for Akshay’s superhero would be Hanuman,” a source said.
Akshay’s comeback as a full-on action hero is much awaited. “He will perform a lot of his stunts himself. Somewhere down the line he began playing the goofy loser once too often. Son Aarav and wife Twinkle want him to play the superhero,” the source added.
“The idea is not to take on Hollywood on their terms but to work our way around their USPs,” concluded Khiladi Kumar.