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'Playing good or bad is equally relevant'

For Akshaye, playing a bad man again would require a role that's really out of the way. For now, he is all good in 36 China Town.

india Updated: May 11, 2006 15:04 IST

Abbas-Mustan gave him the chance to play the darkest shade of black in Humraaz. Now Akshaye Khanna turns spotless white in the directorial duo's 36 China Town.

"I enjoyed both the good and the bad equally. I don't take any role I won't enjoy playing. For me, playing grey or noble are equally relevant," Akshaye told IANS.

"And why should grey be more challenging? Other actors may think so. But that's because most actors play grey once or maybe twice in their careers. And if you play something so drastically different it will appear to be more fun. But it isn't more challenging.

"What I particularly liked about my villainous character in Humraaz was that he didn't reform at the end. I hate it when the antagonist suddenly gets a sympathy angle at the end. If I played a villain I wanted to go all the way. A bad person doesn't need a reason to be bad."

For Akshaye, playing a bad man again would require a role that's really out of the way. For now, he is all good in 36 China Town.

He is the only non-humorous character in the film. "I make a grand appearance midway. I play a principled cop. The character held my attention. What I like about Abbas-Mustan's cinema is that it is stylised. Whether it was Baazigar, Baadshah or my own Humraaz, the characters are never routine.

"Even when you are playing a villain like Shah Rukh (Khan) in Baazigar or me in Humraaz there is an edge to the character. Similarly, my cop in 36 China Town isn't a routine character.

"Abbas-Mustan could have easily put me in khaki and made me behave like a zillion cops in our films. But Abbas-Mustan like to play around with conventions. They love to glamorise and stylise their settings without going over the top. To top it all, I have never played a cop before. I always wanted to."

He lights up at the mention of his co-star Kareena Kapoor.