Saif Ali Khan isn't the only one who's unveiled a secret passion for playing the guitar. Director Farhan Akhtar, who plays a rock musician in Abhishek Kapoor's Rock On, also knows how to strum but says he is not as good.
Now that Saif and Farhan are working together in the latter's Voice From The Sky, will they be jamming together?
"I don't mind, but I don't think I'm as good as Saif on the guitar. Not that we're in competition or anything," Farhan, who ventured into showbiz with the successful directorial venture Dil Chahta Hai, told IANS.<b1>
Unlike Farhan, Saif has performed at a few concerts and also played the guitar with the Indi-rock band Parikrama.
For Farhan, Rock On was like a dream come true.
"Playing the rock musician in Rock On has been a wild fantasy come true for me. I've been playing the guitar for eight years now. When I was 14, I heard Guns 'N' Roses do their song 'Appetite for destruction' and I was hooked. I wanted to be a rock star.
"The timing for Rock On was just right. When I met Abhishek Kapoor and he told me about my role of a musician, I grabbed it. I had the time to sharpen my skills on the strings. It gave me a chance to play out a secret fantasy. I really enjoyed it."
Rock On recreates the musical mischievous masti of Farhan's Dil Chahta Hai. And Farhan is all praise for his musicians.
"They've all been wonderful - Luke Kenny, Arjun Rampal, Prachi Desai and Shahana. We're all happy working together and meeting when we've time. That feeling of bonding shows up on screen."
The film will be released by the end of August.
"I don't think Saif is planning to cut an album before me," Farhan joked. "I'm really looking forward to working with him. For Voice From The Sky, we both go back to the turn of the last century."