File photo of Akshay Kumar (l) and Rajinikanth at a promotional event for science fiction Hindi film ‘2.O’ written and directed by S. Shankar, in Mumbai, Nov. 20, 2016. (AFP/Getty Images)

Akshay Kumar says working in the Rajinikanth-starrer “2.0” was a learning experience for him as he realized the South industry is not only more punctual but also more professional than Bollywood.


Fans pour milk on a cutout of Tamil actor Rajinikanth to celebrate the release of his film ‘2.0,’ in Mumbai, Nov. 29. (Shashank Parade/PTI)

Akshay actor plays the villain, Dr. Richard, in the film which is a sequel to Shankar’s blockbuster “Enthiran.”

“Technologically, South is more advanced than us. They are more professional than us. If the shoot time is 7:30, the shooting will start sharp on time. Here, 7:30 means you can come by 9.30. Their superstars arrive on time on set,” Akshay said in a group interview.

“You learn a lot. I sometimes feel a newcomer should do five films there and then come here. He or she will learn a lot. In a day, they take 30-40 shots. Here we manage around 12-13 shots… They don’t take other people for granted. They value other people’s time,” he said.

People take a selfie with the poster of Tamil actor Rajinikanth’s movie ‘2.0,’ in Mumbai, Nov. 29. (Shashank Parade/PTI)

The actor says he was bowled over by the humility of megastar Rajinikanth when he first met him.

“We used to talk in Marathi. He is a Maharashtrian and I also know the language. He is a great man. It’s amazing how you give him one dialogue and he changes it into an epic dialogue. He puts entertainment in every line,” he said.

A fan pours milk on a poster of Tamil actor Rajinikanth to celebrate the release of his film ‘2.0,’ in Chennai, Nov. 29. (Press Trust of India)

Recently, Rajinikanth had said that “2.0” will belong to Akshay but the “Padman” star considers himself to be the “Amrish Puri” of the action-fantasy genre.

“He (Rajinikanth) is just being humble. It’s very much his film because the title is ‘2.0.’ I can’t be that. He is ‘2.0,’ he is just being kind and nice to me. I respect him for that. It’s very much his film. I am the Amrish Puri of the film,” he quipped.

Fans celebrate the release of Tamil actor Rajnikanth-starrer ‘2.0,’ in Mumbai, Nov. 29. (Press Trust of India)