Akshay Kumar, who will portray social entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham in a biopic produced by his wife Twinkle Khanna’s new production banner, says he expects her to pay him a salary. The actor, told Times of India, that he was immensely proud of his wife. But that would not stop him from asking for a salary. So that he can buy her diamonds.
He said, “My wife better give me a salary, no one else is gonna buy her congratulatory diamonds for making her films. She needs to pay me so that I can pamper her! In fact, I’m looking forward to working under her. I not only want to be a doting husband but also an ideal actor who fits in with her vision. That is my New Year resolution. She is going to give me a run for my money for sure.”
Directed by Balki, the lead cast includes Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte. The film is based on the fictionalised portrayal of Muruganantham from Twinkle Khanna’s new book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad.
Twinkle’s production house is the fourth in the Khanna-Kumar household. When asked about the need for yet another banner, Kumar said:
“When she felt the need to make films she believes in, she decided to float her own production house. She is the most forward-thinking person I know. She has my support, encouragement as well as millions who follow her sentiments. She will do nothing but good in her new-found position. All I can urge is for people to watch this space.”
Although Akshay Kumar has played characters based on real people in films like Rustom, Special 26, and Airlift, he has never starred in a biopic. He has however signed to star in the sports biopic Gold, where he portrays hockey player Balbir Singh.
Currently, Akshay Khanna is shooting for Toilet – Ek Prem Katha.