Neeraj has matured as a person

FPJ BureauUpdated: Saturday, June 01, 2019, 11:17 PM IST
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Anupam Kher |

Anupam Kher speaks to Lipika Varma about working in ‘Special 26’

The difference between ‘A Wednesday!’ and ‘Special 26’ The two are very different films.

In this film, I play two personalities of the same person. It’s a kind of a dual role. Neeraj Pandey is a brilliant director and has become more mature as a person. You see that change in him. It’s a very interesting script and it’s more of a cheeky, charming, smart and fantastic film. It does not have the seriousness of a terrorism angle to it. Yet, it’s a pacy film and does not question the intelligence of the audience.

On action scenes in the film

Sometimes I slap a person. That’s all the action I have performed.

On his colleague and action hero Akshay Kumar

Akshay and I have done many films. The last I did was ‘Desi Boyz’, but when we do such films we hardly meet. It’s only this time around that I got to spend time with him. We spent 32 days with each other and discovered we had similar interests. We relaxed and spent quality time together.

Akshay has completely rediscovered himself. You will see a changed actor in him in this film.

On his role in ‘Special 26’

No role is small, it’s the mentality that makes the difference. At the end of the day it’s work, and if you accept it in a dignified manner, nothing is small. These films help me run my house and my acting school. I also get to learn a lot from these films.

On the kind of remuneration he gets…

No, this time I didn’t have to forego my fees. Since Viacom 18 was there with them, they were kind enough to pay me. I would have definitely reduced my fees, if the situation was such.

On plans to direct films

I am doing too many things at the moment and to give one year of my life to a film is not possible now. Unless I have a good script I will not take it up.

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