Akshaye Khanna will star opposite Madhuri Dixit in her comeback film, Aaja Naachley
Ever since Madhuri Dixit has been signed by Yash Chopra for his underproduction film, Aaja Naachley, with cinematographer-turned-director Anil Mehta, there has been a lot of speculation about the male lead in the film. The gossip mills churned out names like Jugal Hasraj, Uday Chopra, Nana Patekar and Bobby Deol. However, now we know that it is Akshaye Khanna who will play the lead opposite Madhuri.
In fact, Aditya Chopra has signed Akshaye Khanna for the film a couple of days ago. A source discloses, „Yes, Akshaye Khanna has been approached and he has agreed to do Anil Mehta’s film.“ This will be the first time that Akshaye Khanna will be acting in a Yashraj Film. „Anil and Aditya were keen on signing someone with a lot of intensity. Basically, they wanted someone who can stand his ground before Madhuri Dixit,“ adds the source.
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It seems Madhuri is all set to start the shooting from January 15, because that’s an auspicious day to start anything new. „Madhuri is happy about the fact that she will be working with Akshaye. In fact, she really liked his performance in Dil Chahta Hai. They have worked together earlier once, in a film called Mohabbat,“ says our source.
Akshaye Khanna is currently shooting in South Africa, and he is expected to join the unit in Mumbai from mid-February. It is evident that the film will be marketed as Madhuri Dixit’s comeback venture. So, will Akshaye have much to do in this project? „Well, even in Dil Chahta Hai, he made an impact despite the presence of Aamir Khan and Saif Ali Khan, didn’t he?“ says our source. „So he is not insecure at all.“