Farhan Akhtar, who usually likes to lie low, only emerges whenever his films are set to release. The actor, too, admits that he likes to talk only when he has something to say.
Ahead of the release of his upcoming multi-starrer, the 41-year-old opens up about the challenge of working in a film with a big star cast, his connection with social causes, and the need to keep his life private.
There's a perception that you're usually inaccessible.
I am not comfortable talking about my personal life, and sharing it with the world. So, when I am not working on a film or associating with someone, it's difficult for me [to remain accessible]. I let my work do the talking. Maybe that is why I seem a little inaccessible.
You have been travelling a lot with your band and spreading the message of gender equality. What prompted you to come up with this initiative?
To me, that was an extension of what I was doing with MARD (Men Against Rape and Discrimination; a social initiative that aims to create awareness about gender equality). The one thing I didn't want to do was to go to colleges and schools and lecture people. I have been at the receiving end of a few of those when I was in school. I know after a point, people tend to switch off. That's why, I felt that it would be nice to do it through music. The aim of the band is to go and engage with students through music. I feel, if somebody says something that's of value to you, or makes you think, you will remember that forever because you enjoyed that performance so much.
Has it helped you in any way?
I am enjoying it tremendously. It has helped me speak to people a lot more openly; I used to have a problem doing that earlier. It has helped me voice my opinions more vociferously, if nothing else.
Your next film, directed by Zoya Akhtar, has an ensemble cast. Do you have any special memories from the shoot?
I got to work with some really fun actors on this film. They were a great set of people, and I found it challenging to work with them. When you're working with so many actors, everyone brings in their own ideas and set of skills, and I enjoy that challenge.