Akshay versus Aamir, over Priyadarshan film


By Hindustan Times

Priyadarshan is in a dilemma with two A-listers vying to be a part of his new project. Sources claim that Priyadarshan's next about AIDS, will do for HIV (in terms of evoking sympathy) what Taare Zameen Par did for dyslexia. "Percept Pictures, the film's producers believe that Aamir Khan after a successful TZP and a pan-India success rate at the box office would be apt for the role. But director Priyan has already discussed the role with his favourite Bollywood hero Akshay Kumar. Akshay, in turn, has loved the script and is more eager than ever to be a part of the project," reports Subhash K Jha in Mumbai Mirror.

"The AIDS script has turned out wonderfully. But Priyan is caught in a dilemma. Akshay is keen on doing the project. But he won't work with Percept, as he had a fall-out with Percept's head honcho Shailendra Singh over Nagesh Kukunoor's Tasveerein. Meanwhile, Percept is keen on doing the AIDS film with Aamir Khan, who has shown an interest in the film as well. Akshay on the other hand is not only willing to work immediately on the film but is also willing to produce it," Mumbai Mirror quotes a source close to Priyadarshan.

"Akshay is a very close friend. He is also Priyan's family now since Priyan's assistant Abhilash Nair is married to Akshay's cousin. More than that, Priyan and Akshay go back a long way professionally," the tabloid quotes the same source.

With the current producers, Percept keen to have Aamir on board and Amir interested in the project as well, the scales are tilted in Aamir's favour.