HYDERABAD: Actor Ravi Teja, is all set to play the role of actor Akshay Kumar in the Telugu remake of Special 26. Confirming this Ravi, who is at the moment shooting for Kick 2 says, “The Telugu-Tamil producer Thyagarajan who is actor Prashanth’s father has bought the South Indian rights for two notable Hindi films – Vikas Behl’s Queen and Neeraj Pandey’s Special 26. He wants me to play Akshay Kumar’s role in the Telugu version of Special 26.”
Ravi feels a special bonding with Akshay Kumar. “Akshay and I look similar physically. This is not true with Salman Khan who did the remake of my Kick. We are completely different actors. But Akshay and I are similar. When he did Rowdy Rathod he was gracious enough to say he couldn’t do the things that I did in the original. Hopefully I can do at least some of the things that Akshay did in Special 26.” According to Ravi, the remake will be different from original. “Special 26 was a raw and real film. It is very different from what Akshay usually does. I can’t afford to be different. My fans would never forgive me. Audience like me doing action and comedy. I am a jovial person from childhood and so I remain. I like to laugh my way through my work. And that attitude reflects in my roles,” he shares.
Special 26 in Telugu would take time to take off. “I’ve to complete Kick 2. Then I start another film entitled Bengal Tiger. Only after that will I be able to do Special 26,” he said.