He's done it before with very little success. We're talking of the box-office dud that was 'Khatta Meetha' starring Akshay Kumar and Trisha, where he played a Maharashtrian man. But this seems to have left Akki undaunted and he's planning a film all over again.
In fact, he's even producing this one under his own banner, Grazing Goat, with Ashwini Yardi. The Marathi film '72 Miles-Ek Pravas', based on Ashok Vatkar's autobiography. Perhaps he'll have a winner in this one. Akshay's adamant to crack the regional scene and recounts a humorous incident which once left him nonplussed. "During a bus journey in Mumbai a long time ago, the conductor told me in Marathi, to move ahead. Since I didn't know Marathi at that time, I just stood there and it annoyed the conductor! I decided to learn the language since it's important to know the language of the place you consider home."
Also on the cards from Akki's production house is a sequel to 'Oh My God' (OMG), starring Paresh Rawal. Considering the fantastic response to the first film, Akki's decided to push the box-office on this one. In his words, "We had a great time making the film and want to take this further. Kanjibhai (Paresh) as a character has become iconic and there is more scope to get him to fight more issues."