Farhan Akhtar accepts that director in him has taken a backseat: ‘But I’m working in the direction of one thing’


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, stated 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 elements 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 approach, 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!!, instructed PTI in an interview.

The actor is at present trying ahead to the discharge of his newest movie as a lead within 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 stated Toofaan makes use of boxing as a software to cowl a bigger theme of affection and acceptance. “We live by way of extraordinarily wounded, fractures instances. We get aggravated, rightfully so, with numerous scratching of the injuries that constantly 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 essential concept to the filmmaker three years in the past.

“I felt it might be good to deliver it (the thought) right into a world that visually can create an thrilling journey. Boxing for me was the right 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 extra screenplay and dialogue by Vijay Maurya, Toofaan is scheduled to be launched on Amazon Prime Video on Friday.

Akhtar stated his understanding of Ajju – a person 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 fulfillment, what additionally they wanted and so does Ajju is somebody who might imagine in them, the actor stated.

Toofaan stars actor Paresh Rawal as a boxing coach and Mrunal Thakur, enjoying a health care provider and a accomplice who’s instrumental in Ajju’s transformation.

“My understanding of Ajju was a personality who doesn’t perceive his personal potential. That’s the story of many boxers. Boxing is just not a wealthy particular person’s sport. All of the champions we now have seen have come from poor, actually troublesome backgrounds, attempting circumstances, who have gotten into this sport to have a greater 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 Leisure together with Mehra’s ROMP Photos.

The movie is Mehra and Akhtar’s first collaboration in eight years after the large success of the Nationwide Award-winning Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and the actor stated the group was targeted 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 can 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 stated he isn’t dissatisfied that the movie received’t be seen theatrically.

“The OTT platform has an unbelievable variety of professionals. Your movie can be seen in 200 plus nations, accessible to hundreds of thousands of households, on the identical day and date. These are the issues you could possibly 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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