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Akshay Kumar breaks his 18-year-old rule for Bell Bottom

The actor, who is shooting for Ranjit Tewari's espionage thriller in Scotland, has decided to work a double shift to make up for the time lost during the quarantine.

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Akshay Kumar, who is currently shooting in Scotland for Bell Bottom (2021) with the rest of the cast and crew, has broken his long-standing rule of shooting for only eight hours a day. For the first time in the 18 years, the actor is working a double shift. This is to make up for the time lost due to the mandatory 14 days of quarantine after landing in Scotland and lessen the fiscal burden of his producers who had taken a huge financial hit given the huge size of the unit. 

Praising Kumar's dedication to the film and his work ethic, producer Jackky Bhagnani said, “Akshay sir is truly a producer’s actor and it has been a privilege to work with him. He is constantly thinking about everyone and everything. From safety measures for the entire unit to shooting schedules to the challenges faced by producers — the man is pure gold. Akshay sir is doing a double shift for the first time in 18 years. So when he suggested two units we were absolutely stunned and excited at the same time. And seeing his work discipline and respect for time, everyone on the sets is super energized and also pitching in their best. It’s like well-oiled machinery working round the clock to make this happen.”

Bell Bottom is an espionage thriller set in the 1980s and the film's screenplay is inspired by real events. On the occasion of Kumar's birthday, the production had shared the new look of his character.

Bell Bottom is being produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani and Nikkhil Advani. While Kumar and Vaani Kapoor play the lead pair, the film also stars Lara Dutta Bhupathi and Huma Qureshi. The film is helmed by Ranjit M Tewari and written by Aseem Arrora and Parveez Shaikh.

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