Akshay is yet to start the shooting of his debut Tamil film 'Robot 2' with Rajinikanth but he is already in awe of the southern superstar.
Akshay, 48, who will be seen in a negative role in the reboot of the 2010 sci-fi film, said he felt like a child when he met Rajinikanth during the photoshoot of the movie.
"I always had this in my mind that whenever I would get a chance to star with Rajinikanth in a film, I would never let it go.
"Rajinikanth is a man with the golden heart. When I met him for the first time during the shoot, I was completely in awe of him. I was behaving like a child, who innocently looks at the candy jars in a shop. It was a wonderful experience," Akshay told PTI.
The film will see 65-year-old star return in the roles of the scientist Vaseegaran and his creation, the robot Chitti.
Directed by Shanmugam Shankar, 'Robot' will star Amy Jackson in the female lead. A R Rahman and Resul Pookutty, both Oscar winners for "Slumdog Millionaire", will compose and sound design, respectively.
The shooting of the film has already begun and the 'Airlift' actor will start his leg of filming from March.
"I have seen almost all his films since my childhood. I am just waiting to start my shoot with him. I will start shooting in March."
As Akshay will be playing the antagonist after a long time, the actor says it's tough to play a negative character.
"Negative is tough. You have to bring your evil out which you are not used to. I have mostly played positive characters so, it becomes more tough for me. It's kind of a new genre," said Akshay. PTI NDS BK