The very talented Akaash Khurana’s son Akarsh Khurana who was very close to filmmaker Bejoy Nambiar has opted out of the film that he, Akarsh, was supposed to direct for Bejoy.
The aborted project was to star Rajkummar Rao, Hussain Dalal, Shikha Talsania and Razaak Khan. Akarsh had also cast his father Akaash Khurana and Shernaz Patel in prominent parts. But since the project is produced by Bejoy Nambiar, Akarsh is in no position to helm the project any more.
Says Akarsh, “The story idea was Bejoy’s. But the screenplay was done by Adhir Bhatt, Hussain Dalal and me. It’s a road movie about three dysfunctional people on a journey of self-discovery.”
Last heard, Bejoy was trying to get another director for the project.
Explaining his reasons for leaving the project, Akarsh says, “We had some differences as a result of which relations were getting strained. I thought it was best to part ways before the shooting began.”
Akarsh says he’s now focusing on writing again. “I will also devote some more time to theatre while I start planning another directorial project.”
So what went wrong in a friendship that was so collaborative and productive that it yielded an acting role for Akarsh in Bejoy’s last film David?
Bejoy says there were “creative differences” between the two of them. But those-in-the-know say a very creative friendship in the film industry has gone sour.