‘I de­cided to men­tally start from scratch’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Shreya Mukher­jee shreya.mukher­hee@htlive.com

Ak­shaye Khanna be­lieves that ac­tors are the most help­less artists in the world. The son of late Bol­ly­wood star and politi­cian Vinod Khanna says hav­ing a fam­ily mem­ber in the film in­dus­try can act as a step­ping stone, but success in the show­biz de­pends upon a lot of other fac­tors.

“An ac­tor is very dif­fer­ent from a dancer, singer or a com­poser. Even af­ter giv­ing their best, ac­tors’ success is de­pen­dent on writ­ers, direc­tors, pro­duc­ers, co-stars, ed­i­tors, cin­e­matog­ra­phers, and most im­por­tantly, the au­di­ence, as they are the most dif­fi­cult to please. So, I feel, an ac­tor is the most vul­ner­a­ble artist,” says Ak­shaye. The 42-year-old, who is best known for his role in Dil Chahta Hai (2001), also won praise for his films such as Bor­der (1997), Taal (1999), Hulchul (2004) and Gandhi, My Fa­ther (2007).

Af­ter a voiceover role in the an­i­ma­tion film, Delhi Sa­fari, in 2012, he stayed away from the big screen for al­most three years be­cause of “per­sonal rea­sons”. Ak­shaye shares that the phase was “tor­tur­ous”, and he could hardly wait to be back in films. He fea­tured in last year’s Dishoom, star­ring Varun Dhawan and John Abra­ham in lead roles.

“When I thought of com­ing back, there were both ner­vous­ness and un­cer­tainty, think­ing if I still have it in me. The world is mov­ing fast and out of sight means out of mind. So, to deal with the tur­moil within, I de­cided to men­tally start from scratch. My agenda be­came to work harder and make up for the time lost. And, of course, try my best to get my au­di­ence back,” he says.


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