The latest buzz doing the rounds was about director Zoya Akhtar’s next. Speculations were rife that the film would star either Ranbir Kapoor or Hrithik Roshan, but Zoya now puts the guesswork to rest by confirming that her film will have her brother Farhan Akhtar in one of the roles. “Farhan will appear somewhere. That’s because I am so used to working with him and he is such a great actor,” says Zoya, who has already started working on the script.
Zoya is sketching a character keeping Farhan in mind and she hopes that the actor-director will like it. “I don’t think Farhan will agree to just any role that I offer him. I will have to convince him,” she says. Zoya further reveals that she is working on two scripts simultaneously with director Reema Kagti. “I always write with Reema and there’s no exception this time. Of the two, I will be directing one and the other will be Reema’s film,” she says.
The director, who made her debut with Luck By Chance (2009), a film that provided a rare insight into the murky lives of
struggling actors in Bollywood and then directed 2011’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, a light-hearted, road-trip movie, is now set to venture into family territory. “I have to finish the script first. It’s a family drama,” says Zoya.
Tribute by chance
Zoya Akhtar’s segment in the four-film compilation Bombay Talkies, happened purely by chance. The script was written about 15 years ago and the director had no intention of paying tribute to the 100 years of India cinema. “The script just lay in my laptop as it was difficult to make short films back then. But when Bombay Talkies came up, we sent it over and they loved it,” says Zoya. “I had no plans (to celebrate the centenary); 100 is just a number,” she adds.