Akshay Akkineni not comfortable with commercial films

Wed, July 16, 2014 8:27pm UTC by Add first Comment

The Pizza 3D director talks about his choice of films

Akshay Akkineni, who is making his directorial debut with supernatural thriller Pizza, says he is not comfortable directing the usual song and dance routine films.

Akkineni is the son of celebrated film editor Sreekar Prasad. Pizza, which is the Hindi remake of a Tamil film of the same name, is releasing this Friday.

“I don’t think so I will be comfortable directing a song and dance routine film. It’s something that I don’t like and I won’t be happy doing something like that. We are taking a risk with Pizza but I don’t mind it,” Akshay told PTI.

The director, however, clarified that he would not mind directing great “masala” entertainers.

“I am not okay doing typical sex and sleaze films. They are not my cup of tea but there are good masala films too. I would like to make them,” Akshay said.

Akshay feels that though the film is a remake, the approach is fresh, thanks to the use of 3D technology.

“It was the most challenging as well the most exciting aspect of the film. It will give extension to the film,” he said, adding producer Bejoy Nambiar was initially apprehensive to use the technology.

Films of the horror genre have not done so well in the box office as compared to romantic comedies, action thrillers and Akshay said the main reason is lack of quality horror films.

“We haven’t given good horror films to the audience, that’s why people don’t give good response to such films.

We have tried consciously to be different with Pizza. It has elements of horror and suspense-thriller,” he said.

When asked if he will continue to helm horror films, Akshay said, “I don’t think so as there is a special kind of skill required for the job and I am yet to have that. I am not cut out for it yet. Romance pulls me more. I would like to direct a love story.”

Pizza star Akshay Oberoi, Parvathy Omanakuttan and Dipannita Sharma.

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