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"Akshay doesn't need luck" - Anil Kapoor

Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2008, 12:42 [IST]

[an error occurred while processing this directive] Anil Kapoor created a buzz on Sunday when he said he "owns DLF which is the main sponsor." Yesterday, he refused to wish Akshay Kumar luck for his Delhi Daredevils matches. We catch up with Anil for a chat on Indian Premier League (IPL), Akshay and the DLF 'connection'.

What is your connection with DLF (the official sponsors of the IPL)?
There is no connection. I was pulling a fast one on the media when they asked me if I would like to own a team too. I won't buy any team kyun ki mein sabka baap hoon! It was a joke as I was in a great frame of mind as the whole atmosphere was thrilling with the crowd cheering us. Just go with the ruling party (laughs).

[an error occurred while processing this directive] What do you think of the IPL?
I think it's a very exciting prospect, one that holds a great future. But it's also hard work. One has to put one's heart and soul into it. I wish Shahrukh and Preity all the best! I have always been a cricket buff. But today, with the T20 matches, cricket has just got more exciting! I watch a match whenever I get the time.

You're not wishing Akshay Kumar your Tashan co-star?
Akshay doesn't need any luck today, he is on a roll! And Akshay is only the brand ambassador of the Delhi Daredevils. He doesn't own it while Shahrukh and Preity do.

Saif, Kareena and you were part of Tashan's promotional event at the IPL match at Wankhede. However, Akshay was conspicuous by his absence.
Yesterday, we were there as the Tashan team has a tie-up with Mumbai Indians. Akshay couldn't attend as he has tied up with Delhi Daredevils as their brand ambassador so it would be a tricky situation for him to attend the match on Sunday or he would have flown down from Bangkok.

How was the experience?
It was phenomenal! One of my cricketing idols has been Sachin Tendulkar so it was great to cheer for him. My other cricket idols include Sunil Gavaskar, Virendra Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Dhoni. They are great to watch on the field. Ishant Sharma shows great promise.

Shahrukh's son Aryan accompanies him for every cricket match but we have never seen your son Harsh.
Main usko bol-bol ke thak gaya! Harsh doesn't like cricket but is a football fanatic. He thinks football is cool. The modern and younger generation thinks cricket is for the masses.

Tashan is yet another multi-starrer after Welcome and Race. Don"t you get tired of multi-starrers?
No way! The more the merrier. I find it unsettling doing solo films. I am all for multi starrers and am available for them. Tashan is like a desi commercial and I enjoyed doing the role as it is unknown territory new director, new role, uncharted dimensions. I was nervous, anxious and exciting about the clothes, looks, character, producer and director, but I enjoyed every minute of it.

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