NOT ‘CUT OUT’ FOR MAR­RIAGE

Ac­tor Ak­shaye Khanna tells you just why he can’t imag­ine him­self ever ty­ing the knot

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Rukmini Chopra rukmini.chopra@hin­dus­tan­times.com

I can’t imag­ine spend­ing the rest of my life with the same per­son day in and out. Mar­riage is in­con­ceiv­able, he says I wish Saif (Ali Khan) and Kareena (Kapoor Khan) well. I hope their baby is healthy. They are beau­ti­ful artists AK­SHAYE KHANNA, AC­TOR

Don’t even try con­vinc­ing Ak­shaye Khanna to get hitched... like ever! From be­ing “scared” of the thought of ty­ing the knot in his thir­ties, the 41-year-old ac­tor is now clear he’s just not “cut out” for it. But what is it that makes him dis­like the in­sti­tu­tion of mar­riage?

“I can’t imag­ine spend­ing the rest of my life with the same per­son day in and day out. It (mar­riage) is just in­con­ceiv­able for me,” says Ak­shaye, who is thrilled to make his come­back to Bol­ly­wood after four years, with a film along­side Varun Dhawan and John Abra­ham. He was last seen on the sil­ver screen in the 2012 film Gali Gali Chor Hai.

“I had a few per­sonal is­sues that didn’t al­low me to take on any work. Not be­ing able to act was painful time to go through. Now, I’m back. I feel I’m breath­ing again,” he says.

In an in­ter­view re­cently, Ak­shaye had ad­mit­ted he went through a “bad phase” in his ca­reer. Ask him if he ex­pected his jour­ney to be smoother, con­sid­er­ing he’s the son of vet­eran ac­tor Vinod Khanna, and he says, “I didn’t even know what to ex­pect. I was naive and clue­less. You can be any­body’s son or daugh­ter, but it’s the au­di­ence that ac­cepts or re­jects you. I feel the urge to tell as­pir­ing ac­tors, es­pe­cially star kids, whether they have con­sid­ered the pos­si­bil­ity of re­jec­tion. It will stay with you for the rest of your life, and that’s not pleas­ant. You have to be blessed to be able to have a suc­cess­ful and long ca­reer in Bol­ly­wood.”

The ac­tor adds that the fear of liv­ing up to their par­ents’ star­dom is too over­pow­er­ing. “It takes over ev­ery­thing. But I don’t let it af­fect me. I never as­pired to be a big star like my fa­ther. I can’t al­low the com­par­i­son with him to bother me,” says Ak­shaye, who worked with ac­tor Saif Ali Khan in Dil Chahta Hai (2001) and Kareena Kapoor Khan in Hulchul (2004), and has a mes­sage for the to-be par­ents: “I wish them well. I hope their baby is healthy. They are beau­ti­ful artists.”

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