Akshaye had been away from the silver screen for four years before he returned with 'Dhishoom' last year. With the Sridevi-starrer Mom releasing today and another release lined up later this year, the actor seems to be fast-tracking his comeback, so it's no wonder he is excited about his 'second innings'.
His return to acting has been with films which have an ensemble cast and his role is small but significant, which the actor says is a conscious choice. "After taking such a long break, I wanted to start with slightly smaller roles. I was looking for roles that are meaningful, important, impactful, but small - just for the first 3-4 films, just to find my footing. This role in Mom was in the area that I was looking at in terms of the size of part," he says. The one thing that wasn't a conscious choice was his four-year break from films, which he admits, wasn't easy to deal with. He says, "I had some personal reasons that didn't allow me to work. I don't think anyone who loves their work as much as I do will take a break, especially of this length, intentionally."
The film with which Akshaye tasted success for the first time was JP Dutta's 'Border', which recently completed 20 years and the cast and crew of the film met for a grand celebration of the occasion. However, Akshaye did not attend that event as he didn't want to be part of a celebration so soon after the death of his father, Vinod Khanna. He says, "It's life; it's part and parcel of life. I didn't want to be part of a celebration as I was in mourning." But Akshaye is quick to differentiate between the 20-year-celebration for 'Border' and the promotions for Mom. "This is my work and the differentiation is very clear," he says, "Losing a parent is always a terrible thing for anybody. It's no more or no less for me. The impact it has on a child is tremendous. But getting back to work has nothing to do with it. There needs to be a demarcation between personal and professional lives."topics from