Akshay Kumar and Prithviraj Sukumaran on why Selfiee is special to them

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Akshay Kumar with Prithviraj Sukumaran and Emraan Hashmi. Photo: Tree-Shul Media

The Akshay Kumar and Emraan Hashmi starrer Selfiee sees the superstar playing a superstar in the Raj Mehta directorial. Akshay has earlier even played himself in cameos in his home production, The Shaukeeens (a remake of the 1982 Shaukeen directed by Basu Chaterjee) and the recent An Action Hero (2022).

Impressing upon this, he says “It has been over 32 years in the industry for me. But I am still the Chandni Chowk boy from Delhi. We stars are as human as the rest of the country and our fans. The film is dedicated to all the fans of all the celebrities in the world. We are alive because of our fans, nahin to hamari koi aukaat nahin hai  (otherwise we would be nothing)!”

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Apart from Akshay Kumar and Emraan Hashmi, Nushrratt Bharuccha and Diana Penty also star in the movie. Star Studios presents the film in association with Dharma Productions, Prithviraj Productions, Magic Frames and Cape Of Good Films.

Produced by Hiroo Yash Johar, Aruna Bhatia, Supriya Menon, Karan Johar, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Apoorva Mehta and Listin Stephen, Selfiee will release in theatres on February 24. It is a remake of Prithviraj Sukumaran’s 2019 Malayalam film, Driving Licence about a superstar who needs to obtain a new driving license. The RTO (Road Transport Organization) officer, Om Prakash, is a policeman who is a diehard fan of Vijay along with his son.  Their biggest dream is to take a selfie with their idol. However, a misunderstanding leads to the superstar ill-treating the policeman in front of his son. The incident blows up into a feud that is highlighted by the media. So what happens when a fan turns hostile?

A unique feature is that Prithviraj Sukumaran, who produced and acted as the superstar in the original, is also co-producing this remake. Selfiee is an extremely special project for actor Prithviraj Sukumaran too as this film will mark his foray as a producer in Mumbai after a very successful stint down south. At the trailer launch, Prithviraj said, “As someone who was very closely associated with developing the original material, I kind of know from where it began, how it took the form of Driving License and how it became Selfiee today. I would give full credit to our director Raj for seeing the original and thinking that this film is possible from that source of material, which indeed requires a lot of talent especially to be able to tell a story differently but still retain the core elements of it and still make you feel what the original made you feel.”

He added, “One person I would love to pick out and thank is Akshay-sir. He is the reason why this film happened, I called him one day and I told him I would like for you to watch one of my films because I believe it is a story that needs to be told everywhere in the country and the rest is history.”

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