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Farhan to act in sister Zoya's directorial debut

Farhan Akhtar, who's making his acting debut with Anand Surapur's The Fakir Of Venice, will also play the lead in sister Zoya's directorial debut Luck By Chance.

india Updated: Sep 25, 2007 19:26 IST

From the time he made that feisty feel-cool film about three urban dudes called Dil Chahta Hai to his surrealistic take on the Amitabh Bachchan blockbuster Don-the chase begins again, Farhan Akhtar has never ceased to surprise.

Now Farhan has agreed to play the lead in his sister Zoya Akhtar's directorial debut Luck By Chance. This is probably the first occasion when an established filmmaker would star in his sister's directorial venture.

"Yes, I'm Zoya's leading man. I don't know how it happened. But it has happened. I'm putting on hold my next directorial venture Voice From The Sky to star in Zoya's film," Farhan told IANS.

Zoya, who has been struggling to put together her directorial debut for the past two years, has decided to put aside Kismat Talkies featuring Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor, which she had decided to make earlier.

"For now Kismat Talkies isn't happening. If you remember, Luck By Chance is the film Zoya had decided to make initially. She's back on that project. We start shooting in March 2008."

<b1>Interestingly, Luck By Chance is set within the film industry.

It would be the third major film from Bollywood on Bollywood after Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om, which is set in the 1970s and Sudhir Mishra's Khoya Khoya Chand, which focuses on the 1950s era.

Zoya's Luck By Chance will be a more contemporary take on the industry.

"It's my second starring role. I've also played the lead in Anand Surapur's The Fakir Of Venice."

Farhan was supposed to play a role in his talented associate Reema Kagti's Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd, which eventually went to Abhay Deol. He couldn't do it because at that time he was busy with Don.

Bengali director Rituparno Ghosh was supposed to cast Farhan as Shabana Azmi's son in a film.

"I don't know what's happened to that project. But for now I'm looking forward to my acting in my sister's film," said Farhan.

First Published: Sep 25, 2007 16:00 IST