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Akshaye Khanna on Naqaab

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Is Naqaab inspired by some Hollywood film?
No. I don't think so.

Most of your films are romantic comedies and suspense thrillers. Aren't you getting action films?
There are very few action films being made. One of the most recent ones is Dhoom 2 which was a good action film that released last year and now it is Shootout At Lokhandwala. The next will be Race. Race has also got some action in it. I would love to do a full-fledged action film if I get an offer. But still I haven't really come across any tempting script.

You have done some salsa in a song of Naqaab. Did you undergo any dance training? How good are you as a dancer?
It's not salsa really. I am not a great knower of dance so I don't know exactly what category it falls into. I don't know exactly but it's a bit like salsa. I haven't taken any kind of training whatsoever for it though I did practice on the sets. I am not an actually gifted dancer like Govinda or Hrithik. They are naturally born dancers. Though I enjoy dance, I am not a very good dancer like some people are. Even if you are not perfect it is still perfect as long as you enjoy it. I do enjoy dancing and singing. It is fun.

Dancing also seems to be the theme of Aaja Nachley. What are you playing in the film?
I can't talk about it. I am just doing a small guest appearance in the film so it won't be right for me to talk about it. They haven't started publicity of that film and whenever they do I'll talk about it.

How did it feel getting back with Madhuri Dixit in Aaja Nachley after you worked with her in Mohabbat almost a decade back? What difference do you find in her now?
She is wonderful. She is a treat. Just like you give chocolate to a child, for us actors it's Madhuri Dixit. She is a delight to work with. It's a pleasure to watch her onscreen. She is an actress, dancer and a performer. She is a very lovely person. She looks the same like what she looked in Mohabbat. I cannot make out the difference between her age in Hum Aapke Hai Kaun and Aaja Nachley. I think she is the same. She has maintained herself so well that she is looking just as young. I think she is just the same and a very simple person. She is very down to earth and lovely to work with.

Why is your film Gandhi My father kept so much under wraps? Is the film complete? Is it targeted particularly to the film festivals?
It's releasing in August. It's not for festival audience. Gandhi My father is a true and fascinating story. It's about the relationship of Gandhi with his eldest son, Harilal. The whole world knows about Gandhi and his work. Everyone knows about Kasturba Gandhi but nobody knows anything about their four sons- Harilal, Manilal, Devdas and Ramdas. No one knows about them. They have just been erased from the history. It's a father- son story.

Anil Kapoor is in complete awe of your performance in that film. Are you playing Gandhi's son in the film?
I am playing Gandhi's eldest son Harilal. The film showcases Gandhi's relationship with him. It's a very intimate and emotional film. There's nothing fictional in this film. We will be lynched if there is any fiction in this film hence it is absolutely true to history. It is actually what has happened and so everyone is excited about this film.

Was that the reason Anil signed you for his next film Shortcut? That film has an interesting star cast. Can you tell us about that film?
Shortcut is starting in June. Anil Kapoor is not only a great friend of mine but also a co-actor and producer as he is the producer of Gandhi My father. He is producing Shortcut as well. We have terrific rapport with each other.

You are working with Anil Kapoor again in Race. Is that another thriller by Abbas-Mustan? Tell us about the film.

Yes, I am currently shooting for this film. Race will be releasing at the end of the year. It's also a thriller and there is also a love story woven in the film. I can't really talk about the film because it's still in its embryonic stage.

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