Akshaye Khanna: ‘It was torture, to not be able to work’

Excerpts from an interview:
You’re not one to pick his films easily. It was torture, to not be able to work, and there was no getting away from the depression it brings. He was very accepting of people, and without being opinionated — it’s a quality I tremendously admired in him. (Source: Image posted on Twitter by Sridevi)
So, what was it like when you made your debut in 1997? Once in a while, you’ll come across a film that impacts you hard, and this is one of those films… I know it. What would you say is his legacy to you? “That’s sweet of Boney to say. Two things: one is the love he gave me, and the other would be how non-judgmental he was. All those guys — Suneil (Shetty), Sunny (Deol), Puneet (Issar), Kulbhushan (Kharbanda), Jackie (Shroff) — if they hadn’t taken care of the child I was at the time, (I was 19 when I joined the industry, 22 when Border was released), it wouldn’t have been possible for me to deliver. But I no longer think they are my enemies, either,” says Khanna, as he speaks candidly about mourning his father, the late Vinod Khanna, how Border impacted his career and what he loved most about working with Sridevi. The object of his praise, however, is playing it cool. I’m so excited about this film because I have never been a part of something that is so deep. When I meet aspiring actors, I sit them down and ask them, ‘Have you thought about the possibility of rejection?’ If you’re rejected, then it’s going to stay with you for the rest of your life — it’s a stamp on your forehead for everybody to see till the day you die. Is that right? But she takes it to another level. The audience decides who they will watch, and you’ll only get one, maximum two new faces each year. I’m a quiet and private person on set, so is she. Yes, I’m back at work, but being a part of a celebration is not something I can do right now. I loved that about her! She brings a certain dignity and grace to the space she occupies. What makes you choose a project? Then, one understands the value the opportunity one has been given to be an actor. Well, I wasn’t there because I’m not in the mental frame to be a part of celebrations. He was amazing that way; he never gossiped or spoke ill of anybody. I play a police officer. In a cast full of stalwarts and stars, JP (Dutta) managed to make me stand on my own two feet. See videoBoney Kapoor is calling his latest film, Mom, actor Akshaye Khanna’s “real comeback” and “his career’s finest performance”. Yes. Because that is … tough. I don’t really think about the stuff I want to do — the moment I start to think of whether I should do a particular film or not, I shouldn’t do it. I can’t say if it’s going to be my best performance; the audience decides such things, and I don’t feel the need to publicly comment on my work,” says Khanna. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App So that’s what happened with Mom. I come from a family of actors but nobody told me this — because nobody wants to consider that possibility. I’m dying to see how people react to the subject when the film comes out next month. It’s beautiful, you know — the space you are working in is so well defined; the borders are so thickly marked; everything is clear and it’s so liberating to have that. Last week, JP Dutta and the cast of Border celebrated 20 years of the film. You got the role after your debut film, Himalay Putra. Sridevi and Khanna feature in the upcoming film, Mom. What was it like to work with Sridevi and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Mom? But apart from acting, there’s nothing else I’ve done since I was 19. You’ve also not been as prolific as one had thought you would be. It’s very rare to come across an artiste like that. I benefitted a lot from Border — it is a milestone in my career. “All these years, I thought the media were not my friends. I’m in mourning. You are mourning the loss of your father, Vinod Khanna. It’s just an insanely beautiful, human story. Nawaz is a nice guy, I enjoyed working with him. The reaction (to a script) should be spontaneous, instinctive and immediate. It’s not a cerebral process for me. You were missing and were fondly remembered by everybody, especially Pooja Bhatt, who played your fiancée. I’ve been working all my life. I had some personal issues in the the past two-three years which didn’t allow me to work. 2017-06-20T00:00:06+00:00″>
Published:June 20, 2017 12:00 am

Actor Akshaye Khanna

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