Akshaye Khanna: The Unsung Hero

Share Akshaye Khanna’s furrowed eyebrows, disarming smirk and his agreeably scanty hairdo in Dil Chahta Hai carried a blueprint of brilliance. He could bring to Sid, an adult male vulnerability belying the unruffled exterior. Sixteen years later, Khanna is suaver and more evolved. The fact that he was a misfit in mainstream Bollywood was amply clear with the failure of his debut film, Himalay Putra. He excelled when he broke the rules. Border was a multi-starrer but it brought Akshaye’s boyish charm to the fore. With Race, he tasted stupendous Bollywood success. The heist film, Tees Maar Khan may have flopped and was critically trashed but it revealed Akshaye’s knack for comedy. Though a confused film, Gandhi My Father, dealing with the fractured relationship between the Mahatma and his son, shined a light on Akshaye Khanna’s ability to lend a blend of contrary emotions to characters, like virtuousness and …

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