He may not be a big star, but when it comes to having starry airs, actor Akshaye Khanna is right up there. He lays down some ground rules before the interview: no crowds of media people, no photoshoots and no Peeping Toms. In town to promote his upcoming film, Aakrosh, Khanna says he’s proud of being associated with a film that takes up the cause of honour killing. “I feel proud to be part of a movie that, despite being commercially entertaining, has a social message to give,” he says.
The actor, who turned 35 in March, has been in the industry for 13 years. Though stardom seems to have eluded him, Khanna is not bothered enough to change his approach to cinema. “I don’t believe in preparing for a film. I love the acting process, I believe in being absolutely spontaneous in front of camera,” he says.
After Aakrosh, which is a multistarrer, Akshaye is part of another ensemble team in Anees Bazmee’s No Problem, and then has a cameo in Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan. “I’m doing a lot of work, aren’t I?” he asks.
Khanna, who broke up with actor Tara Sharma in 2006, has not been linked with anyone else since. No love marriage on the cards then? “I don’t believe in the institution of marriage. I don’t know whether I will ever get married,” he says, full of conviction. A small pause later, he amends: “But, then, never say never.”