Monday, April 7, 2008

Akshay kumar as legendary hero in Rani Laxmibhai

A few days ago, Sushmita Sen called up Akshay Kumar. Nature of the call: strictly professional. Sush asked Akki if he would like to play the legendary hero of India’s first freedom struggle — Tantya Tope, in her dream project, Rani Laxmibai.

Says a source, “Sushmita is keen that Akshay plays Tantya Tope. She thinks that he fits the bill. She called up Akshay, and they spoke at length.”
The film in question will be Sush’s directorial debut and a period film on the life of the queen. Reportedly her ‘good friend’ scriptwriter-turned-director Mudassar Aziz is helping her with the script.

So, how did Akshay respond to Sush? Confirming her call to Akshay, a friend of the actor tells us, “Akshay is quite interested in the project. In a few days’ time, he will reply to Sushmita.”

Has Kumar made it a habit to play Tantya Tope, we asked? Isn’t Kumar supposed to play Tantya Tope in the co-production between the Indian government and producer Firoz Nadiadwala? “No, he is no longer playing Tantya Tope in that film,” Akshay’s friend reveals.

Earlier, Sushmita wanted the film to be directed by her ex-boyfriend Manav Menon. But things didn’t work out and Sushmita and Manav parted ways. Thereafter, Sushmita, who is quite eager about this film, decided to go behind the camera herself. Sushmita Sen remained unavailable for comment.

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