Monday, August 13, 2007

"Akshaye will surpass all the actors in India"

Narrating the incident Anil says, "When Akshaye and I were flying back from a Toronto show I narrated him a bit about Gandhi My Father and said I have a role in mind for him. A few days later, I thought why not pull a fast one on him?

I called him up and told Akshaye that I wanted him to play the role of Gandhi in the film. Akshay read the script and panicked. He thought I was mad to offer him the role of an old man who had a grown-up son. After that, he not only disappeared but started avoiding my calls!"Then what did Anil do? "I thought I had my share of fun, passed a message to Akshaye that I wanted him to play the role of Gandhi's son - Harilal Gandhi - and it was only then that he came on the line for me. He instantly agreed and has given his 100 per cent to the role. He has changed a lot since Taal - he's more committed but still doesn't know how good he is. He is only putting in 10 per cent of his potential. Once he puts in his all he will surpass all the actors in India today."Deserving actorAnil says Akshaye had to audition for the role as his director Feroze Khan wasn't convinced about Akshaye doing it. "Akshaye doesn't know but he actually had to audition for the role. We told him they were rehearsals. I wanted Akshaye for the role but Feroze was wary of working with stars and was upset with my decision. I told him I will take the responsibility and that he should trust my judgement. People want to see more of him but we should spend as much big money on his film as an Aamir Khan or Shah Rukh Khan film. He wanted Akshaye to get the same treatment as the rest of the unit and not once did Akshaye complain. Even I travelled economy while flying. That's the kind of love we put in for the film."

Much of this was already posted on this blog but the part about the auditions is new. I don't want to post Feroz Khan's chat on indiafm.com as it's so full of typos it's almost unreadable but he does say that Akshaye deserves all the awards.

4 comments:

Raj said...

Well, obviously, there's plenty of exaggeration there!!

Anonymous said...

I don't think that "there's plenty of exaggeration"! Akshaye Khanna will surely surpass all the actors in India if he gets right script, role, directors and banners!!!

And, don't forget Akshaye Khanna is a natural born actor. He is gifted to Cinema!

Anonymous said...

That's why I'm wondering why Karan Johar, Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra, .....are not signing him for their flicks. Akshaye Khanna deserves to be cast in their movies!

Anonymous said...

After giving Akshaye Khanna a small role in Aaja Naachle, I hope Aditya Chopra offers him a full-role of a hero or villain or even supporting role in next yashrajfilms!!!