My biggest challenge was when I had my first panic attack, says Zoya Akhtar
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My biggest challenge was when I had my first panic attack, says Zoya Akhtar

Zoya Akhtar wrote a long post for Humans of Bombay where she spoke of her upbringing, her relationship with brother Farhan and her films.

bollywood Updated: Jun 16, 2018 13:43 IST
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Zoya Akhtar has worked with brother Farhan Akhtar in many of her films.(IANS)

Filmmaker Zoya Akhtar has said she had her first panic attack when she was 27 and added that she “chose to get help” instead of simply sitting around. In an elaborate post she wrote of Humans of Bombay, Zoya also talked about her close bond with brother Farhan Akhtar. Humans of Bombay is a group that often features individual stories of struggles and success.

“My biggest challenge was when I had my first panic attack at 27. It’s not something you can ignore, you can’t sit around and get sucked into a rabbit hole. I chose to get help immediately. It took a while to work things out but I am fine now. You realize you have to become aware of your inner monologue. The things you say to yourself. This raised my consciousness so it was vital to my growth, I would say,” Zoya has revealed.

Writing for the Facebook page of Humans of Bombay, Zoya opened up about her family and work: “Pieces of my life, no matter how scattered, are being stitched together and reflect in my work. The biggest piece is my family -- from watching films like The Godfather on our dining room wall, to having a great relationship with my sibling. Or going on weekend trips with our cousins to the beach and eating all day… it’s been a crazy childhood; a ‘bohemian one.’

Zoya made her directorial debut with Luck By Chance, which starred brother Farhan in the lead and got her the Filmfare Award for Best Debut Director. Hrithik Roshan-Katrina Kaif-starrer Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara was her next film, that again starred Farhan and was well received by critics. The brother sister duo have always worked together, in all her films.

Further elaborating on her upbringing, Zoya wrote, “My love for the arts started at home -- most of the people we met were artists- actors, directors, musicians, writers. The conversations my parents had about films were obviously more in depth than the average audience. Screenplay, performances, lighting, shot-taking. And before you know my brother and me were looking at films slightly differently.”

The Dil Dhadakne Do director also talked about a film that moves her: “A work that really moved me was Starry Nights by Van Gogh in MoMA, New York -- I had chills. I had a physical reaction to the painting -- my heart just flew out of my chest… And I started crying. I still don’t know what it was -- but I just felt ‘him.”

“Basically, everything that I’ve experienced has added to my work -- my relationship with my family, my inner monologues, my travels and my love for animals… It’s all in there. And even though I’ve liked what I have done, that one perfect film is yet to come… and that’s the best part; it’s something to always look forward to. Something to strive for, something I can only hope to create,” she signed off.

Read the entire post here

Zoya is currently working with Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt for Gully Boy - a movie that will trace the journey of Mumbai’s street rappers.

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First Published: Jun 13, 2018 09:56 IST