For the last few weeks speculations have been rife about who would play Sunil Dutt in the Rajkumar Hirani-directed Sanjay Dutt biopic top- lined by Ranbir Kapoor. While many names have been doing the rounds, Mirror has learnt that the ball has stopped in Akshaye Khanna’s court.The 41-year-old actor, who is looking fit and fab, is the top contender for the role of the late actor-politician.
Akshaye returned from a four year hiatus earlier this year as the antagonist in Rohit Dhawan’s ‘Dishoom’, also featuring John Abraham and Varun Dhawan. He was last seen in Rumi Jaffery’s 2012 comedy ‘Gali Gali Chor Hai’ and has been shooting for Boney Kapoor’s next production, the tentatively titled ‘Mom’ with Sridevi and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Speaking to Mirror (July 22) earlier about his self-imposed hiatus, Akshaye had admitting to feeling suffocated–creatively stifled–as acting is the only thing he knows or wants to do.
“Once I was in front of the camera, I felt like I was able to breathe again, there was a sense of belonging,” he asserted, adding that once he was ready to get back, it took him a while to zero in on the right project because he was worried he might have got a little rusty in the interim. And so he has decided that the first couple of films should not rest on his shoulders alone.