Mammootty is wonderful to work with: Mukesh Khanna
By - TNNDeepa SomanSep 10, 2014, 00:00 IST
Much before Krrish and Ra.One were born even in the minds of their makers, Indian kids had their own much loved superhero — Shaktimaan!
It might have been years since the series starring actor Mukesh Khanna got wrapped up, but Shaktimaan lives on, through many endearing usages like ‘Sorry Shaktimaan’ and ‘Thank You Shaktimaan’. The actor, who made the hero a legend recently stepped into the Malayalam film industry through Ajay Vasudevan’s Mammootty-starrer Rajadhiraja. Mukesh Khanna speaks to us about his Mollywood experience; the Shaktimaan impact; and more. Excerpts:
Did you enjoy working in a Malayalam film?
I am known for my dialogues and unless I have a good command over the language in which I am acting, I would not be confident about doing my best. That is why I have always been reluctant to take up offers from regional film industries. However, when the offer to act in Rajadhraja came my way, I could spot elements in it that made me comfortable. I play a long lost friend of Mammootty’s character, who meets him after many years. My character Sikander is a truck driver, and the truck’s name is Shaktimaan (laughs). All my dialogues in the movie are in Hindi.
The film’s crew also wanted me to dance for a catchy intro song in Hindi. Before getting busy with television, I acted in about 15 Hindi films as hero. I have shaken a leg for certain projects at that time, but I told Rajadhiraja’s director that I am no great dancer. However, they were confident about me. I was with the team for about 15 days and we shot at many locations like Pollachi and Hyderabad. It was a lot of fun!
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