Vikramaditya Motwane: The Covid epidemic caused theaters to close in 2020. As a result, this was the year that moviegoers were treated to various digital releases. Many of them fell flat, but a handful stuck out. The latter group includes AK vs. AK for many moviegoers. It was a metafilm in which Anil Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap played exaggerated versions of themselves. The unconventional plot received a thumbs-up from the audience. The performances, by both Anil and Anurag, were likewise well-received. Readers will therefore be surprised to learn that Aamir Khan and even Akshay Kumar were considered for the actor’s role in AK vs. AK before Anil Kapoor was brought on board.
Director of AK vs. AK Vikramaditya Motwane shared amazing trivia in a lengthy chat with Mid-Day’s editor Mayank Shekhar. He claimed that Avinash Sampath, the film’s writer, had Aamir Khan in mind while writing it. When Vikramaditya Motwane joined the project, he asked him to abandon the idea because he believed Aamir would never agree to star in such a movie.
Then, since Akshay Kumar shares the initials AK with Aamir Khan, Vikramaditya Motwane and Avinash Sampath went to him. Interestingly, Vikramaditya then said that when Akshay heard the premise for the movie, he nearly threw them out of his office! There is Akshay Kumar, who we did contact. It was a really fascinating encounter — I mean, he didn’t quite say, “Get out of my office,” but it was close enough! Vikramaditya added.
Later, they talked to Shahid Kapoor, which is when rumors about the movie’s working title, AK vs. SK, started circulating. Anil Kapoor was ultimately signed after things didn’t work out. “For a while, I was making it with Shahid [Kapoor], which kind of happened, and then it didn’t,” said Vikramaditya. The [actor] AKs changed frequently. Anurag Kashyap, the [director], remained a constant. He makes a great actor.
He continued by praising Anurag’s acting skills, saying, “I think he is great. In fact, Anil Kapoor was a topic of conversation on the AK set. Anurag is amazing, in my opinion, especially in the final scene. You shed tears when bad things happen to him.