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The Best Spies In The World Are Women, Says Akshay Kumar At The 'Naam Shabana' Press Conference

WittFeed caught up with the stellar cast of Neeraj Pandey’s upcoming film Naam Shabana during a press conference in Delhi. Slated to release on March 31, 2017, the film is a spinoff based on Taapsee Pannu’s character ‘Shabana Khan’ from the 2015 Akshay Kumar blockbuster ‘Baby’. Naam Shabana costars Manoj Bajpayee, Akshay Kumar, and Anupam Kher. The quartet briefed the media about the film and talked about their respective roles.The song ‘Dil Hua Besharam’ was also launched on the occasion.

When asked about the various missions and operations that Naam Shabana has in stored for viewers, Akshay Kumar chose not to disclose any specific details but he did talk about how Naam Shabana, unlike any other spy thrillers previously made actually focuses on how a spy is trained. “According to CIA and Mossad, the best spies in the world are women. Just ask any husband and he will confirm,” Akshay told the media when questioned about the makers’ intention behind making a movie about a female spy. “I and Anupam ji are doing cameos in the film. I am mainly here in the capacity of a producer,” he further added. When asked about his highly successful association with Neeraj Pandey, Akshay praised Pandey’s vision as a filmmaker and his commitment and dedication to the artform that’s quite evident in films like A Wednesday, Special 26, and Baby.

While answering to a question from WittyFeed about Bollywood’s standing as a global brand, Anupam Kher attributed his international career, which includes films with Ang Lee and David O. Russell, to the hundreds of Indian films he has done over the last three decades. “I don’t take the burden of Anupam Kher on the shoulders and try to enjoy each and every role that comes my way. Of course, I am grateful to the drama school and theatre training that I have had. But for me it is the journey that is much more important,” explained Kher. He also revealed that five of his international films are slated to release in 2017.  “I have lost 14 kg to get into shape for Naam Shabana. Akshay has been instrumental to my new fitness regime. A part of the credit also goes to Salman Khan and Anil Kapoor whose gym facility I use,” said Anupam Kher while answering a question about his recent physical transformation.  

Taapsee also expressed her gratitude for Pandey for casting her in the role of Shabana in Baby--a role that according to Taapsee got her widespread recognition much before the success of Pink. While answering to a question about the intense training that she had to undergo to prepare for Naam Shabana, Taapsee said, “It all started during the preparation of Baby. I was asked by the makers to keep up with the training. The training has been a combination of Krav Maga, Kudo, and mixed martial arts. It made me so strong that I could do the fight sequences for 12 hours a day on the trot without getting exhausted. I must tell you that it is as mental as it is physical as getting the reactions right is always critical and so one has to be on one’s toes all the time.”

When asked by WittyFeed about his varied choice of roles in films, Manoj Bajpayee talked about the importance of good script regardless of the genre. “A director may have his or his favorite genres but as an actor I am quite unbiased. If a good role comes to me I accept it gleefully. Now whether it comes from Neeraj Pandey, Anurag Kashyap, or Hansal Mehta, it doesn’t really affect me much.” He also talked about how Naam Shabana is a product of extensive research. “It is the forte of Neeraj Pandey that he packages all his research in such a manner that it has so much of entertainment value. Naam Shabana is actually a very important film for me and the character that I play in it has a special place in my body of work,” Bajpayee further added.

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