career has had a chequered history. Though he has
not done so well so far but now he is back with a
bang. Playing the role of Sid to the hilt, (who falls
in love with a much elderly woman and is yet satisfied
in his unrequited love), in Dil Chahta Hai, Akshaye's
character is very refreshing and he has played it
superbly giving an excellent performance. Though an
extremely talented actor, Lady Luck seems to have
eluded him for far too long since none of his solo
ventures ever could hit the bull's eye. Choosy, snobbish,
laidback... he's been called so and more, but chilled
out personality has no grudges against life. Meet
this wonderful actor.
from an interview by Neha Irani.
What is it that excited you to sign Dil Chahta Hai?
When I heard the script
of Dil Chahta Hai it came a breath of fresh air. It
was something that I'd never heard before and something
I knew I wouldn't hear till a very long time. The
script was unique and had a touch of freshness and
innovation. The novelty of the script, the way the
characters were portrayed, the way the relationships
were handledů Also, apart from having an excellent
star cast, Farhan himself as the director, and as
a human being was someone who was excellent to work
Did you ever feel Dil Chahta
Hai to be a risky project for something of this sort
was never tried before?
No, not even for a second. I knew from the moment
I heard the script that it will be a hit and the audience
will love it. It is a film that I'd like to watch
and therefore I expected that most people would like
it too. I had great faith in Farhan's abilities of
translating the script on to celluloid in a way he
said he would, which was very important. Many times
the final product turns out to be pretty different
from the script that's narrated to you. Things change
in the process. But Dil Chahta Hai till the end was
just as it was conceived to be. Everybody involved
was at the best in their respective fields. Whether
it was the cinematographer, or the sound engineer,
or production design teamů With such brilliant minds
working together, I was very confident that this film
would be something to watch out for.
You are known to be a very
choosy actor. But don't u think initially you made
a few mistakes about choosing films?
Yes, if given a second chance today, of course there
are a few projects that I wouldn't want to be associated
with. There have been films that I'm not too happy
with. I'd expected them to do well but have done disastrously
bad at the box-office. And there are a few films of
mine that people have loved, but I wasn't as enthusiastic
as they were. But I don't regret them enough to brood
over them all the while. Ups-n-downs will always be
there so just take life as it comes. I consider myself
fortunate to be able to do what I love most -- act.
I am aware that there are millions who are doing jobs
they dislike. I've learnt from my mistakes and moved
on. So now I have learnt to be choosy.
What is it that usually makes
you want to sign a project?
There are basically just four things that make me
sign a project - the script must excite me; the role
must be good; the director must be someone who I feel
is competent and who I can communicate with and who
can bring that extra touch to the project; and of
course, it must have a strong producer, who can make
the film well and release it well too. It isn't a
complicated issue at all.
Which are the films that
you're currently working on?
I'm doing a film with Nitin Manmohan co-starring Ajay
Devgan called Deewangi and I'm also doing a film with
J.P.Dutta called Line Of Control. And of course there
is Abbas-Mastaan's next.
Do you think you still have
to grow as an actor?
definitely. Noone is perfect. You have to learn a
new lesson everyday and one grows as a person or as
an actor thought experiencing different things daily.
As far as I'm concerned, I still think I'm a novice,
very raw. Acting is an art that no one can really
master completely. However, I want to improve much
more on my concentration level, and also on being
able to relax as a performer.