TOR­TUR­OUS

...says ac­tor Ak­shaye Khanna, who is tak­ing it slow with small roles to get back to act­ing af­ter a long hia­tus

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Ac­tor Ak­shaye Khanna (left), who has played lead roles in many films so far, says he has con­sciously de­cided to take up smaller but ef­fec­tive roles in his sec­ond in­nings in Bol­ly­wood.

Ak­shaye was re­cently seen as a bad­die in Varun DhawanJohn Abra­ham star­rer Dishoom and is now pro­mot­ing his next film Mom that fea­tures Sridevi as a pro­tag­o­nist. “I de­cided that I wanted to start off with slightly smaller roles to get into that zone. I was sure I won’t do it by com­pro­mis­ing on the qual­ity of work. The role could be small, but it should have an im­pact in the story,” he says.

Ak­shaye, 42, who has been work­ing since the age of 19, was away from act­ing for four years. “There was a rea­son why I took a sab­bat­i­cal. I had some per­sonal rea­sons, which didn’t al­low me to work. But there has never been a point in my life where I wanted to take things slow, or I don’t want to work,” says the ac­tor, adding, “Be­sides act­ing, there is noth­ing I know or can do. I have been work­ing non-stop since I was 19. Not work­ing is tor­tur­ous. That phase has gone now.”

Even though he was away from films for a while but Ak­shaye re­frains from calling the phase as his ‘come­back’. “I won’t say it’s my ‘come­back’. There were some rea­sons be­cause of which I couldn’t work. Now, it doesn’t mat­ter what ad­jec­tives peo­ple give it. I’m en­joy­ing my work. I’m glad peo­ple en­joyed my role in Dishoom and my role in Mom is fan­tas­tic. In a way, both Nawazud­din Sid­diqui (co-star) and I have ex­tended cameos in the film,” he adds.

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