After 36 China Town, whatâ€™s keeping 31-year-old Akshaye Khanna occupied?
Apart from Dharmesh Darshanâ€™s Aap Ki Khatir, and Anil Kapoorâ€™s Mahatma Vs Gandhi, the elusive actor says heâ€™s toying with the idea of marriage.
Itâ€™s time now
â€œI intend to get married and settle down as soon as I find someone suitable,â€? he says. Is he dating somebody? â€œNo, Iâ€™m not seeing anyone right now. Iâ€™m waiting for the right person to come along,â€? says Khanna.
Ask him about socialising with women at high profile parties, and he reveals, â€œIâ€™m not comfortable at parties. Iâ€™m shy and reserved, have my own space, and love it that way.
In my leisure time, I watch movies, do a bit of reading and play squash and swim. I ensure that I watch at least five movies a week.â€? Which are his favourites? â€œThe list keeps changing. As of now, I quite liked House of Sand and Fog, The Constant Gardener and Walk The Line.â€?
Choice of roles
Akshaye remains dissatisfied, even after winning accolades for his rendition as a suave cop in Abbas-Mustanâ€™s 36 China Town. â€œIâ€™m quite self-critical. I always feel thereâ€™s room for improvement. However, Iâ€™m glad that I picked up the copâ€™s role when I was offered a choice.â€?
Over the years, he has earned a reputation for being choosy and finicky. â€œIâ€™m not someone who wants to spend time at home. Ideally, I would want to work 365 days a year. But my first parameter for any film offered to me is that it must excite me.â€?
The actor has already landed another Abbas-Mustan film. â€œThereâ€™s something in the pipeline. When it comes to Abbas-Mustan, itâ€™s always a pleasure. I would shoot for them at any day or hour of the week. Weâ€™re very fond of each other. But the script and subject are yet to be finalised.â€?
Debuted too young
About his journey so far, Akshaye says, â€œI feel blessed. I made mistakes, and learnt my lesson. But if thereâ€™s one thing that I could change, it would be my debut performance in Himalay Putra. I shot for the film when I was 19. Ideally, I should have started acting a little later.
But I had an instinctive understanding of myself from a very early age. I knew that only being an actor would make me happy.â€?
Is he spiritually inclined, like father Vinod Khanna? â€œYes, Iâ€™m spiritually inclined; I believe in God, but not in organised religion. I donâ€™t follow any particular faith.â€?
Akshaye is planning a summer break soon. â€œIâ€™ll be travelling across Europe and USA with a bunch of close friends. I love to see new places, but Iâ€™m not a travel freak. For me, any vacation or short trip must be organised, with proper hotel and travel bookings,â€? he says.