Akshay Kumar is miffed with Yash Raj Films for not giving him as much exposure as Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor in the Tashan promos. If sources are to be believed the promos will singularly focus on Saif and Kareena.
It is only but natural that Yash Raj Films is cashing in big time on the current flavour of the season, the Saif-Kareena pairing, for their big ticket hit.
However, it looks like there is another reason for Akshay being out pushed of the picture. We hear that Akshay had recently turned down a Yash Raj film, thus rubbing the Chopras the wrong way.
Yash Chopra, who features at the top slot of Bollywood’s power list this year, is not used to actors turning down offers. In fact, stars even juggle their dates with other banners to accommodate a Yash Raj project.
A source close to the production house says, â€œYes, it’s true that Akshay Kumar turned down a Yash Raj film. Obviously, the Chopras did not take it too well.â€
Adds the source, â€œAfter watching Akshay’s performance in Tashan, the Chopras wanted him to star in another project of theirs. Aditya Chopra personally narrated the script to Akshay. However, Akshay was not entirely convinced with the story of the untitled project and turned it down.â€
Kareena and Saif
The source further says, â€œAditya believes that because of Yash Raj’s Dil To Pagal Hai, Akshay got a new image. He expected Akshay to say yes at least for old times’ sake. Sadly, Akshay’s decision caught him completely off-guard.â€
Looks like the Chopras are carrying out their grudge to the end.
â€œThe creative team at Yash Raj, which currently is working on the promos of Tashan, have focused on Saif and Kareena, leaving Akshay almost out of the picture. It is their way of getting back at Akshay,â€ says the source.
We sent a text message to Akshay but he remained unavailable for comment. Well, this seems like a ‘Deewar’ we weren’t expecting either, Akki!