Ak­shaye Khanna: No­body will make Tan­haji with me

The ac­tor fur­ther stresses the im­por­tance of be­ing re­al­is­tic about your abil­i­ties.

Fiji Sun - - SHOWBIZ - Ak­shaye Khanna. Feed­back: rosi.doviverata@fi­jisun.com.fj

While some stars love bask­ing in the lime­light and take all press in their stride, Ak­shaye Khanna says it’s okay to be sen­si­tive.

“An ac­tor should never be thick­skinned, or at least I am not that. I don’t like to con­front the re­views that I re­ceive, as I can’t han­dle them emo­tion­ally. Whether it is prais­ing me or crit­i­cis­ing me, I am not com­fort­able with it and usu­ally quickly change the page. I am ex­tremely thin-skinned,” says the Dil Chahta Hai ac­tor, who, un­like many of his con­tem­po­raries, does not as­pire to be a pro­ducer.

“I don’t know what my fu­ture will be, I don’t know what’s go­ing to hap­pen to­mor­row, but as of now, I don’t see my­self as a pro­ducer. To be a pro­ducer you have to be a gen­er­ous per­son, large-hearted. He has to be peo­ples’ per­son. A pro­ducer has to be a per­son who read­ily gives in, but my cre­ative en­er­gies are very self­ish. I am very self­ish, I think about my­self and I don’t look at the larger pic­ture,” he adds. Ak­shaye fur­ther stresses the im­por­tance of be­ing re­al­is­tic about your abil­i­ties. Cit­ing the ex­am­ple of Ajay Devgn, he says, “To­day Ajay had pro­duced Tan­haji, which is a `100 crore film. How is he be­ing able to do it? Be­cause his films at the box of­fice earned that sta­tus for him, he has de­liv­ered his good­will at the box of­fice by giv­ing suc­cess­ful films. He is tak­ing a risk with pro­duc­ing the film him­self too, which is even more credit to him,” he ex­plains, adding, “You have to earn it. To­day, no­body will make a Tan­haji with me be­cause the eco­nom­ics won’t work. It may change to­mor­row, but one has to be hon­est about it. One can­not live in a bub­ble. If I wish to make a Tan­haji to­day, I have to de­liver at the box of­fice, which plays the most im­por­tant role in the suc­cess of a film.”

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