Akshaye Khanna was last seen in Varun Dhawan and John Abraham starrer Dhishoom, where he played a negative role. The actor is making a comeback of sorts this year with Sridevi’s upcoming film Mom. Akshaye, who is playing a cop in the film talks about film, working with Sridevi, politics, social media and more.
What made you take up this film?
It was a combination of many things, actually. The script, my role, people who are involved in it, Boney Kapoor, great ensemble cast, and the chance to work with Sridevi -- everything together was the reason. I couldn’t point to any one aspect of the film and say it could have been better. I am playing a cop who is investigating a case.
How was it working with Sridevi?
There was not much communication on the sets, since we’re both quiet people. But even without interacting much, you can enjoy working with one another, respect each other’s talent, and learn so much.
It was wonderful to work with her. One must be stupid to throw away an opportunity to work with any artiste who has reached that stage in their career,. Because it is rare, how many actors will get a chance to work with her? It is beautiful to see that kind of talent at work, like watching JRD Tata at work in his office.
How did you get along with director Ravi Udyawar?
I have seen his work, We get very few good new directors these days, like an Imtiaz Ali or a Rajkumar Hirani. After working with Ravi, I feel he will be an interesting addition to the industry. I believed in Boney and Sridevi’s conviction, and they were proven right. I think Ravi will give us beautiful content in the future. His standards in writing department are high, and once you get it right on paper, you are ninety percent through. Getting quality writing is tough.
What keeps you busy when you are not working?
When I am not shooting, I am basically depressed. So my life is controlling that depression. For any creative person to suppress that creativity will break something inside him or her. It doesn’t feel good. It is not necessary that people should like what I express, but the point is that I need to express it. Very few people get opportunity to do what I am doing, though, and I feel it is a blessing.