Indian cinema has given us films that we can watch again and again. Classics such as Sholay (1975) and Deewar (1975) may top most people’s all-time favourites lists, but Dil Chahta Hai, too, makes the cut at times. It remains one of Akshaye Khanna’s most celebrated ventures; his portrayal of reticent artist Siddharth drawing much appreciation.
Ask him if he is open to the idea of acting in the film’s sequel, and Akshaye says, â€œI’ll leave everything to act in it.â€ But will it be tricky to revisit the film? â€œI’ll do it provided that the script is fantastic. Also, it has to receive a collective thumbs up from the rest of the team members,â€ he says.
In today’s day and age, actors are expected to do a lot more than just act on screen. They need to promote films, be active on social media, etc. Akshaye accepts that times have changed. â€œTalent took a backseat a long time ago,â€ he says, adding, â€œIt’s not that it isn’t valued, but these aspects have taken over in the past few years. One mustn’t fight it; one should just accept it and move on. You must have an appetite for this, and I simply don’t have it.â€
The actor has worked with film-maker Sajid Nadiadwala for the first time in Dishoom. Talking about him, Akshaye says, â€œThere are few people in our industry who are capable of funding and putting a film together. He’s someone with machinery that works for him. He delegates work, which is also an art.â€
Dil Chahta Hai still remains one film that changed the way Bollywood was perceived at that time. Brilliant narrative coupled with terrific performances, the Farhan Akhtar film was mind-blowing. It’s been 15 years to that film and many a times, Farhan has claimed that he would love to make a sequel to his maiden directorial venture.
Are you listening, Farhan?