Akshay Kumar hyped Aadujeevitham trailer and predicted it’ll win an Oscar, Prithviraj calls him a ‘terrific actor’: ‘He undersells himself’

Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran said that he appreciates the praise that he got from his Bade Miyan Chote Miyan co-star Akshay Kumar, but also mentioned that the ‘Khiladi’ of Bollywood has a tendency to ‘undersell’ himself. In an interview, Prithviraj said that Akshay is an excellent actor himself, while Bade Miyan Chote Miyan director Ali Abbas Zafar described the big-budget action-comedy as a ‘three-hero film’ because of Prithviraj’s presence, as opposed to the two-hero movie that it has been described as in the press because of Akshay and Tiger Shroff.

Akshay had recently praised Prithviraj as a ‘better actor’ than himself at the film’s trailer launch event in Mumbai, and the Malayalam star was asked about these comments in a recent interview with Showsha. He said, “He was being very nice. I’m not embarrassed to accept compliments, I love compliments. I try to blush to look (humble) and sometimes I fail terribly. But Akshay is just being nice. He has this (habit) of really underselling himself when he’s in other people’s company. I remember he saw the trailer of Goat Life, and he went around the whole set and saying, ‘I think this will win the Oscar, if I had done this I would have won the Bhaskar’.”

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Prithviraj continued, “I’m also a filmmaker. I personally know, having watched his work and having worked with him, he’s a terrific actor. He’s a way better actor than he will admit. He’s very, very good at making the material his own. And I think he’s fantastic in this film. When you see the film, you’ll see that it’s not all about action and maar-dhaad. There are some serious evocative moments in the film, and both Akshay and Tiger have pulled it off.”

Ali Abbas Zafar, who was also a part of the interview, chimed in to shower praise on Prithviraj. He said, “The thing about Malayalam stars is that they have a lot of charisma, but they’re also very, very good actors. When I wrote this character, I was very sure I wanted a superstar to play this character. When I first told Akshay sir that I’m going to pitch the film to Prithviraj, his instinctive reaction was, ‘Perfect hai’. It’s a three-hero film, it’s not a two-hero film. He’s an anti-hero, and the way he’s mounted in the film, it’s his story, more than Bade Miyan and Chote Miyan’s story.”

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Also starring Manushi Chhillar, Sonakshi Sinha and Alaya F, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan will be released next week, when it’ll clash with the sports drama Maidaan, starring Ajay Devgn. Prithviraj can currently be seen in Aadujeevitham (The Goat Life), which is approaching the Rs 80 crore mark worldwide in less than a week of release.

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