He made his debut with Deepa Mehta's Earth and will soon be seen in Dil Kabaddi and Tahaan.
Bidisha Singhcatches up with the actor.
Where have you been?
I’m here.. talking to you.
That’s funny. I’m talking about work.
You make me sound like some invisible man. Aren’t you?
(Laughs) No, I’ve been very much around—travelling, working on projects. I’m sad that you don’t get to see me.
Which projects are you talking about?
. Santosh Sivan’s
is more than likely to make news. The film is about a Kashmiri boy and his donkey and what happens when he loses the donkey to a moneylender. I play the moneylender. <b1>
That’s quite unlike your chocolate boy image.
(Laughs) That’s why I took it up.
It’s an adaptation of a Woody Allen’s
Husbands and Wife
. And it’s a casting coup.
(Cuts in) It has Irrfan Khan, Rahul Bose, Konkona Sen Sharma, Soha Ali Khan, Payal Rohatgi and myself.
Okay tell me, how come you’ve only done six films in the last decade.
Because I only take on interesting films.
The three essential factors — good script, the director, the cast. If everything feels right then I’m ‘in.’
You don’t believe in approaching filmmakers for work.
So, you wait for people to approach you?
Sort of. I sit next to the phone and wait for it to ring.. ha ha.
You also don’t believe in partying.
You know what, no one invites me to parties. So, how do you expect me to be seen on
How come even Deepa Mehta hasn’t offered you any roles of late?
She can’t offer me a role in every film she does. Can she?
But you do share a good rapport with her.
Yes I do. We meet often. In fact I’m meeting her for dinner this Sunday.
Whatever happened to your father Vinod Khanna’s plans to revive his banner—Himalaya Productions?
He started his production company to launch Akshaye. I’ve no idea what is happening on that front now.
News is that Akshaye Khanna is toying with the idea of launching his own film production company.
(Laughs) Now, that’s news to me too.
What about your father, Akshaye and you doing a film together?
We need a good script and a director for that. We’ll work together only if we come across something spectacular.
Did you see your father in television serial
I did. I think he’s good. But it’s not a medium I’m catering to.
So, you are not open for television?
Never say never. It again depends on the three factors.
You have hosted quite a few award shows in the past. But you’ve stayed away from them too.Why?
I’ve done so much hosting that I got tired of it. I wouldn’t host a show unless it’s something really big.
But some say that organisers stopped coming to you because you throw a lot of attitude.
(Laughs) Oh, really. Could be. Makes me feel like James Dean.
Isn’t it strange that you haven’t been linked with any actress yet.
It is. That’s not an answer. I’ve got to go now. Thanks.