Balki opens up about working with top stars

Vastavam web: Director R Balki, who has made films with top stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Akshay Kumar, says filmmaking should be an ego-less process.In an interview with PTI, Balki opens up about how easy it is to be working with stars provided the communication is clear and both the director and actor are open to accept and reject each other’s suggestion.The general perception is that it is difficult to handle stars as they come with their own whims but the director begs to differ.

“I look at stars as creative people. Of course, I know the value of Akshay Kumar, he draws in 90 per cent of the audience. That means he has the ability. Where people might have issues is when they say ‘he is behaving like a star, not understanding my script’.Balki has teamed up with Akshay for the first time for a film, which is a fictionalised account of Tamil Nadu-based Arunachalam Muruganantham, who created affordable sanitary napkins for the women of his village.The director says he always knew that Akshay would be the best person to portray Arunachalam’s character.

“Akshay is a simple guy. He’s a lot like Arunachalam – no complications, no reading between the lines. He is simple. So he was bang on for the character. Akshay doesn’t like complications and it suits me because I don’t either.The filmmaker says because of this, the process of filming “Padman” was easy because both had huge respect for each other.”Padman”, also starring Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte, deals with the issue of menstrual health.

While Balki had already read about the story of Arunachalam, he decided to come onboard when Twinkle Khanna, also the producer of the film, got in touch with him via a mutual friend.