Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar said on Monday that he did not know if he was suitable to play late Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray in his biopic, something he feels that the filmmakers needed to decide.
He was responding to questions at a media interaction following the success of his recent film Rustom.
When asked which actor he felt would be suitable for the role, he said, “I don’t know about it. Rather, people should think about it, because it is not a small personality, it’s a big personality that you’re talking about. So I cannot answer it like this.”
Mr. Kumar’s is one of the names that have cropped up for the biopic. The Shiv Sena founder’s grandson Rahul and his daughter-in-law Smita are currently in the process of making a film on the late leader.
Rustom was a biopic of sorts, as it was based on real events: a 1959 case where a naval officer killed his wife’s lover.
The actor said, “I think biopics have been picked up by the audience in a good way and it’s great. [A] biopic is about a great person’s story which comes in front of the audience and they would love to see how they became great, so it’s good to make biopics. Biopics work for India, so it’s good that India is making it.”
Rustom earned more than Rs. 50 crore in the first three days of its release.
Mr. Kumar said, “I felt very good when the audience response was good. As far as the collections are concerned, I am not an ‘antaryami’, I can’t say till where the collections will go. I can definitely say that it felt very good that the opening of the film was good.