Audiences have loved him as the happy-go-lucky Imraan in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (ZNMD). And now, filmmaker-actor Farhan Akhtar is looking at a novel way, literally, for bringing his next acting venture to life. To be directed by Rock On director Abhishek Kapoor, Farhan will star in an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s novel, The 3 Mistakes Of My Life.
Farhan confirms: “Abhishek has come up with a fantastic script. And I’m really looking forward to starting the film at some point. But I can’t put a deadline on it since a lot of work is still to be done. Plus, we haven’t sat down and finalised the finer details of the project.” Apparently, Farhan will play a cricketer (Ishaan from the novel) in the film. Believed to be brushing up on his cricketing skills with the help of a professional coach, he prefers to be non-committal. “Whatever character I play, it has to be portrayed properly. So, it all depends what role I finally get. But if I play a cricketer, it must look as authentic as possible. I shouldn’t look like a random fan,” he says with a laugh.
The 37-year-old contends that he won’t have much time for anything besides the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Don 2 in 2011. “From now on, I will be focusing completely on Don 2. It’s still in the post-production phase. A bulk of my time, till its release on Diwali, will go into shaping the film the way we want it to come out,” he says.
Farhan, who started off as a director with the cult hit, Dil Chahta Hai (2001), tasted success with his acting debut in Rock On (2008). He then went on to act in sister Zoya’s first directorial film, Luck By Chance (2009), and Karthik Calling Karthik (2010). “I am very happy with the feedback to all my films. It’s my great fortune that people love me as an actor. Actually, such a response serves as motivation and gives me confidence to do the kind of films I want,” he says.
But how does he manage to juggle two demanding jobs like direction and acting? “I don’t stop to think about it. I simply phase things out. If I am acting, I don’t think at all about direction and vice versa. It helps me focus on the job at hand. Otherwise, I will go crazy,” he laughs. Right now, Farhan is happy and relieved that audiences like ZNMD. “I feel especially good for Zoya because she rightfully deserves a successful film. Although everyone loved Lucky By Chance, it didn’t give back what she was worthy of,” he says.