Farhan Akhtar accepts that director in him has taken a backseat: ‘But I’m working towards something’


It has been a decade since Farhan Akhtar final directed a movie however the filmmaker-actor doesn’t thoughts the hiatus as he feels lucky to have performed various roles in entrance of the digital camera.

Akhtar made his directorial debut in 2001 with Dil Chahta Hai and adopted it up with tasks like Hrithik Roshan-headlined Lakshya in 2004 and Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Don (2006).

His final movie as a director was Don 2, which was launched in 2011.

Akhtar, who rose to highlight as an actor with movies like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Dil Dhadakne Do and The Sky is Pink, mentioned it’s a battle to refuse attention-grabbing performing alternatives.

“To a sure extent it’s true that the director in me has taken a backseat due to the attention-grabbing components I’m being supplied. I do really feel fortunate with the type of work I’ve gotten to do over time. When issues come your method, it’s troublesome to say no as a result of they’re so thrilling.

“You have a design for your life but life has a design for you. So you have to find the right balance. But I have also been working towards my directorial (venture) while looking for acting opportunities,” Akhtar, who made his performing debut with 2008 music drama Rock On!!, advised PTI in an interview.

The actor is at the moment wanting ahead to the discharge of his newest movie as a lead in the sports-drama Toofaan.

Helmed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Toofaan chronicles the transformation of Aziz Ali aka Ajju Bhai, from a henchman to a nationwide degree boxer. Akhtar and Mehra beforehand labored on Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, one other sports activities drama, in 2013.

The 47-year-old actor mentioned Toofaan makes use of boxing as a software to cowl a bigger theme of affection and acceptance. “We reside via extraordinarily wounded, fractures occasions. We get aggravated, rightfully so, with a lot of scratching of the injuries that persistently goes on.

“To apply a balm to these wounds is something we have endeavoured to do with this film and hopefully people sense that whey they see it… It is a film that has a message that talks about something relevant.”

The message of the movie, Akhtar recalled, resonated with Mehra when he narrated the fundamental thought to the filmmaker three years in the past.

“I felt it will be good to convey it (the thought) into a world that visually can create an thrilling journey. Boxing for me was the proper metaphor for the journey of this character.

“When you’re talking about a story of love and acceptance, juxtaposing it against the backdrop of this violent sport just made the idea interesting. From the first hearing, Rakeysh got what the film was trying to say.”

Written by Anjum Rajabali, with further screenplay and dialogue by Vijay Maurya, Toofaan is scheduled to be launched on Amazon Prime Video on Friday.

Akhtar mentioned his understanding of Ajju – a man unaware of his personal expertise mirrors the truth of many boxers internationally, who’ve punched all odds to emerge champions.

Their potential alone wasn’t a assure for achievement, what additionally they wanted and so does Ajju is somebody who may consider in them, the actor mentioned.

Toofaan stars actor Paresh Rawal as a boxing coach and Mrunal Thakur, enjoying a physician and a associate who’s instrumental in Ajju’s transformation.

“My understanding of Ajju was a character who doesn’t perceive his personal potential. That’s the story of many boxers. Boxing will not be a wealthy particular person’s sport. All the champions we’ve got seen have come from poor, actually troublesome backgrounds, attempting circumstances, who have gotten into this sport to have a higher life.

“But none of it has been possible without them having met the right person, or the right person discovering in them a certain talent to be able to do it. That’s how I approached Ajju – a man living his life that has not seen its full potential.”

Toofaan is produced by Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment together with Mehra’s ROMP Pictures.

The movie is Mehra and Akhtar’s first collaboration in eight years after the huge success of the National Award-winning Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and the actor mentioned the staff was centered on delivering an “emotional journey” with Toofaan.

“We have a good creative synergy. But the pressure is not to deliver a successful film. Your challenge is, ‘Can we take the audience back to the kind of place that we took them with the first time that we worked together. ‘Can we still give them an emotional journey?’ With this film, I would like to believe we have done that,” he added.

Toofaan shall be Akhtar’s first direct-to-digital launch. The movie was scheduled to have a theatrical launch however the makers opted for a launch on the streamer because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The actor mentioned he isn’t dissatisfied that the movie gained’t be seen theatrically.

“The OTT platform has an unimaginable variety of professionals. Your movie shall be seen in 200 plus international locations, accessible to thousands and thousands of households, on the identical day and date. These are the issues you can not have imagined six years in the past.

“As content creators, we have to accept what is new rather than fight it, because it is here to stay,” he added.


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