New Delhi: Vipul Shah is taking Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai on a time travel trip with 'Action Replayy' and the director-producer says he finds it odd that the actors never worked as a romantic couple earlier because they look "so adorable and cute" together.
Akshay and Aishwarya were last seen together in 'Khakee' but they did not have a romantic track in the movie.
They play a bickering old couple in the movie, releasing this Diwali, who find romance by going reverse in their life with the help of their children.
Part fantasy and part science fiction, the film will see the stars taking a trip back to the retro era of 70s. "Akshay and Aish look cute and adorable together. And they are coming as a romantic couple for the first time in a movie. Actually, when I finished writing the script it was Aish who came to my mind. She has that classical Indian beauty and someone who could carry the look with ease," said Vipul Shah.
It is after a gap of three years that Vipul is directing Akshay in a movie. They last worked together as actor-director for 'Namaste London' though Shah produced films starring Akshay. "I am excited, nervous, scared all at the same time for this movie. It is after three years that I am directing Akshay. We have tried a new look for him this time. I am spending some sleepless nights ahead of the release," he says.
Vipul, who has directed hits like 'Aankhen', 'Waqt' and 'Namaste London', says he developed the story from a play that he had written in 1994. "But in the movie, the real challenge was to bring back an era. We have recreated every bit that you see in each frame of the movie. It took us about eight months to do the research and eight other months put things together.
"And the irony is that we will find a victory if the look does not register with the audience. They should not even realise that they are not watching a contemporary romance," says Vipul.
Going by numbers, science fictions don't have good track record in Bollywood but Vipul says he has kept his film firmly into the sphere of fantasy. "There is an element of science fiction in the movie but if I have to compare my film, I will say it is more like Mr India. Fantasy has always worked because our cinema is about larger than life," he says.
The film has been in the making for some time and had its share of controversies with reports that Aishwrya gave a hard time to the director and even Akshay was miffed with him but he rubbishes it.
“There is no issue between me and Aishwarya. If there was a problem, she would not promote the film. As long as we both know the reality, there is nothing to worry about. Last year, there was a story that Akshay had fallen out with me. I am not worried about these things," Vipul says.
After 'Action Replayy', Vipul is producing a Tamil remake starring John Abraham. His next production 'Kuchch Love Jaisa', starring wife Shefali and Rahul Bose is coming this February. He has also roped in 'Ghajini' director for his next venture.