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."
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.
Hrithik and Kareena in Zoya Akhtar's Kismat Talkies
2006/10/30 15:47:55 Hrithik Roshan has started shooting for Ashutosh Gowariker’s Jodha-Akbar. And we all know about his 3 film deal with Adlabs. But before the Adlabs film, he will be starting shooting for another film with Zoya Akhtar, sister of Farhan Akhtar. Zoya will finally make her directorial debut with this film titled Kismat Talkies. Kareena Kapoor will play the female lead in this film produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar under their Excel Films banner.
Zoya was to make her debut with a film titled Luck – By Chance in 2004. Unfortunately the film never took off. Finally Kismat Talkies is slated to roll by end of March 2007. The next release of Excel Films is Honeymoon Travel’s Pvt Ltd. directed by Farhan’s assistant Reema Kagti.
Also here is another exclusive. 2007 will see the acting debut of Farhan Akhtar. “There is one assignment that I’m doing which we had shot about 40 per cent before Don. It is Anand Surapur’s The Fakir. It actually was supposed to be complete even before Don had gone on floors. But since the director had some personal issues to deal with, the shooting was stopped for a while. We will start again on November 2 and we are heading to Venice for a month’s schedule to finish the film”, informs Farhan. Let us wish him all the best for his acting debut. We are sure he can pull off acting as good as he directs films.
Hrithik Roshan has put all his travelling plans on hold because Suzanne is pregnant with their second child. The baby is due any day now and the actor wants to be with his wife.
"I'm just not stepping out of Mumbai for some time now. That's why I had to say no to the Zee awards. Right now I can't focus on any work that takes me outside Mumbai," Hrithik told IANS.
The award function was held Saturday in London.
Hrithik is at the moment shooting for Zoya Akhtar's directorial debut "Luck By Chance" in Mumbai. The actor has a guest appearance in the film - a commitment he made long ago and is only too happy to fulfil since Zoya is not only a close friend of Farhan's sister but also the first female director Hrithik has worked with.
"We've been shooting nights for the last few days. And I've one full song to do before I am done. That will keep me busy till the end of the week," said Hrithik who acted in Farhan's "Lakshya".
Hopefully, by the time Zoya's shooting is done, Hrehaan will have his sibling and Hrithik will be able to travel again.
Farhan Akhtar, who will start shooting his new production from Jan 7, denies that the film is a sequel to his directorial debut Dil Chahta Hai.
Abhishek Kapoor is directing the untitled venture in which Farhan plays the main lead.
"It isn't really a sequel. The genre of the two films is the same. So the two films resemble one another in some details like the bonding among friends. But the story of Abhishek's film is not an extension of my Dil Chahta Hai," Farhan told IANS.
Arjun Rampal has been added to the cast of the film, which also has VJ Luke Kenny, VJ-turned-actor Purab Kohli and Shahana Dasgupta.
Farhan enjoys acting, but not as much as direction.
He said: "I completed The Fakir Of Venice and that was fun. When Abhishek asked me to act in his film, I offered to produce since I like the story so much. I play the lead. I enjoy acting. But I enjoy making movies much more than acting."
They got married almost a month- and- half ago, but Anurag Kashyap and Kalki Koechlin still haven't found the time to go on a honeymoon.
While Anurag was busy with post- production and promotion activity related to his latest production Shaitan, which opened this week, actress Kalki was wrapping up Shaitan and Zoya Akhtar's Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara which features Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif and Naseruddin Shah.
Now that Shaitan has released, and Kalki has finished her work for Zoya, they are all set to finalise the honeymoon dates.
He is known as the perfectionist in Bollywood and for good reason. When Aamir Khan decides on making a film or for that matter, starring in one, the audience can take heart that the film will not be just an entertainer, but will be one of the best when it releases.
After the success of 3 Idiots, Aamir had been inundated with scripts. However, being the man that he is, he took his time and has finally selected the script for his next film. The star will be next work on a film directed by Reema Kagti, of Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.
Kagti, who co-wrote the script of the as yet untitled film with Zoya Akhtar, has informed that it will be a suspense drama and will see two actresses cast opposite Khan. The project will also see the reunion of the Dil Chahta Hai team – it is a joint venture between Aamir Khan Productions and Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani's Excel Entertainment.
Speaking about the film, Farhan Akhtar said, "It feels great to be collaborating with Aamir a decade after Dil Chahta Hai. We had been hoping to do a film together since then and I'm thrilled that it is finally happening with this script."
Ritesh Sidhwani adds, "I have been waiting to work with Aamir since Dil Chahta Hai and it's finally happening. It's special this time as we are also producing it together, can't wait to start filming!"
Confirming the news, Aamir said, "I found this script, written by Reema and Zoya, really exciting and I am looking forward to working with Ritesh and Farhan once again."
The film is scheduled to go on floors in February 2011 and would release in the same year.
It'll be love and romance on KBC this Valentine's Day
With the king of romance Shah Rukh Khan hosting STAR Plus' quiz show 'Kaun Banega Crorepati', popularly known as KBC, the Valentine's Day special Wednesday promises to be an evening to remember. Shah Rukh will be seen quizzing three celebrity duos as guests on the show - Bollywood's sizzling couple Malaika Arora Khan and Arbaaz Khan, the brother-sister duo Farhan and Zoya Akhtar and last, but not the least, best pals Farah Khan and Karan Johar.
Keeping the mood of the occasion, the king of romance will make a grand entry amid heart shaped balloons as he sings to the title track of 'Main Hoon Na'. The evening offers fun, romance and drama as Shah Rukh gets to test the bond of love in various relationships - soul mates, siblings and just friends sit on the hot seat to match their wits with Mr. Computer.
Amid all the tense moments Shah Rukh in his own distinct style will lighten up the atmosphere often dashing his quick wit and tickling humour. He will make simple requests to Arbaaz to sing and woo Malaika to the tunes of 'Dilbar mere kab tak mujhe'.
As soon as the loving couple will complete their term they will leave, but not before grooving with the host to the cadence of the song 'Chaiyya chaiyya'. Zoya makes a few revelations about her brother that had him laughing with embarrassment. Finally, it will be a laughter-riot as Karan and Farah will take to the hot seat and will ensure that everyone is in splits with their friendly and not-so-friendly ribbing on the show.
The three celeb-duos will donate all their winnings to various charities and causes that they hold close to their hearts. Arbaaz and Malaika will donate the amount to St. Anthony's Home for the Aged, Zoya and Farhan will give it to Nivara Hakk Welfare and Karan and Farah will contribute to Bal Jeevan Trust.
So, stay tuned this Valentine's to telly-tube and let lose in the dreamy eyes of the 'host with the most'.
Katrina Kaif on a nude beach in Spain? Yes, she was there shooting for Zoya Akhtar's 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' with Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Abhay Deol. But of course the 'Sheila Ki Jawani' girl was full-clothed!
So was Kat shocked to be shooting on the nude beach? Apparently, she found it more amusing than anything else. It seems Kat thought it was all quite funny but she tried to be normal about it. Her co-stars - Hrithik, Farhan and Abhay - weren't as quiet as Katrina and supposedly had quite a bit to say about what they saw.
The shoot happened at the Lloret De Mar beach in Costa Brava. And it seems the funnniest thing that happened during this particular 'ZNMD' shoot was that the nude beachgoers were asked not to enter the camera frame as the actors went through their scene!
It looks like Amrita Arora's relationship with her Pakistani cricketer boyfriend Usman Afsal is going strong. The actress plans to tie the knot in a couple of years. 'I'm certain this is the man for me. We'll make it legal whenever it's the right time for both of us,' Amrita told IANS.
If Amrita marries Usmsan, she will be the second Bollywood actress after Reena Roy to marry a Pakistani cricketer. Recently, the besotted cricketer not only flew to Mumbai to be with the actress but actually accompanied her to the set of STAR Plus' quiz show 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' ('KBC') where she went to cheer her sister Malaika Arora Khan and brother-in-law Arbaaz Khan who were shooting for the friendship special episode.
'Not just Usman but also his brother from Pakistan. They were both down. So, when I decided to join my sister and Arbaaz on the sets of 'KBC' Usman and his brother joined me there. 'Everyone else had their loved ones there - even Shah Rukh's wife Gauri had visited for this celebrity special. So why not me?'
Other celebrities to feature on the special episode are Karan Johar, Farah Khan, Farhan and Zoya Akhtar. This was Amrita's first appearance on Indian television with her across-the-border beau. The actress, who turned 27 on Jan 31, had to cancel her birthday party because of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation elections. But she promises she will soon throw a party.
'I was shooting for a new comedy 'Kuch Love Kuch Drama' with Rajpal Yadav and a whole ensemble cast. They brought in a cake at midnight. It was fun. I'll have my birthday bash as soon as my new home is ready in a couple of months.'
2006/12/5 18:42:35 It seems Kareena Kapoor will have to wait a while before she can start work on her dream project, ‘ Lajjo’. Directed by Mani Rathnam, she would be paired with perfectionist Aamir Khan for the first time. This much anticipated film was supposed to start this December or January, 2007, but with Aamir planning to kick start the remake of Tamil hit ‘Ghajini’ under his own home production in January, it seems ‘Lajjo’ will have to wait till August, 2007 to finally start.
For the meanwhile Kareena is basking in the glory of boyfriend Shahid Kapoor’s first super hit ‘Vivah’. No, she is not in a hurry to sign new films. And no, she isn’t bothered about her pairing with one time lover Hrithik Roshan in Zoya Akhtar’s directorial debut. As of now Kareena is listening to new scripts and is determined to do quality work. Seems Aamir Khan effect is catching up big time in Bollywood.
2011/9/20 19:07:55 Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar was bowled over when superstar Shah Rukh Khan gave him a sneak peek into the 3D trailer of his mega-budget project "RA.One".
"@iamsrk showed us two songs and the trailer of 'RA.One' in 3D last night... to put it simply... Outstanding!!!!" Farhan posted on his Twitter page Tuesday.
"RA.One", a superhero film, is releasing this Diwali. Meanwhile, Farhan is busy wrapping up "Don 2: The Chase Continues", a sequel to the 2006 film, "Don: The Chase Begins Again", which itself is a remake of the 1978 film "Don".
"Last song of Don in the cans... now the film is officially complete," he added.
The film, starring Shah Rukh in the lead, is set for release in Dec 2011. (IANS)
So far the magician movie-maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has allowed his talented sister Bela Sehgal (who's married to the late filmmaker Mohan Sehgal's son Deepak) to edit all his four masterpieces. But now things have changed. With Bela focusing on her directorial debut (a romantic comedy featuring singer Adnan Sami) Sanjay has no choice but to turn editor for his latest film Sawariya.
In fact now that Sanjay's fifth eagerly- awaited romantic opus has gone into post-production the director is busy using the scissors on his material. So far he's having a ball with what he's doing.
Says Sanjay, "It's a challenge to take over from my sister. But I think I'm managing quite well. It's a painful process to cut out what you've shot. And now I know how tough it was for Bela to cut the material in Khamoshi, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas and Black according to my vision and according to what was right for the narration."
What Sanjay misses are those ongoing bickering with Bela over every frame every scene and every sequence in those four films but Bela has moved on with kid-brother Sanjay's blessings.
Casting for Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Delhi 6 is fast turning into a game of musical chairs. First, Abhishek Bachchan was rumoured to be playing the lead, then Hrithik Roshan. Now it will be Akshay Kumar instead.
However, Siddharth Kapoor, marketing head of UTV and co-producer with Mehra, refused to give details, saying it was too early to comment. “Wait for the official announcement,” was his cryptic reply.
Why was Hrithik Roshan replaced? Seems it’s because of the usual date problems. Sources say Mehra plans to start the project once he returns from the Oscars where he is promoting Rang De Basanti, India’s entry in the Best Foreign Film category.
Roshan is busy shooting Ashutosh Gowariker’s Jodhaa Akbar. Plus, he has another film in hand. Hrithik had to choose between Zoya Akhtar’s Kismat Talkies and Rakeysh Mehra’s Delhi 6. And he decided to go for Zoya’s debut film since he had committed his dates to this project.
Incidentally, Abhishek Bachchan too was committed for another project, so he couldn’t allot dates to Mehra, which made him opt for Roshan.
Akshay Kumar, currently in Sydney, was not available for comment. Rakeysh Mehra too refused comment.
2011/3/22 19:04:57 Perhaps, you might never hear a crazy statement like this. Manchu Vishnu who romanced with hot babe Tapsi in his film ‘Vastaadu Naa Raju’ has stated that, Tapsi is just like his younger sister. He said that, Tapsi is so mingled with his family that everyone see her like a family member. So in that point, Tapsi is like an younger sister to me” said Vishnu.
If, he is not mistaken with his statement and he really see her as his young sister, then how did he romance with his sister? And, what he is going to say about his brother Manchu Manoj, who is also eager to romance with her?
Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar's next film, Rock On, went on floors on January 7, 2008. The entire schedule is being filmed in Mumbai. Rock On marks the debut of TV actress Prachi Desai in Bollywood.
Prachi has a new and nifty look in the film in compared to her original look on TV. Adhuna Akhtar has worked on her hair; Shabana and Niharika Khan worked on her make up and costumes respectively.
The film revolves around four young boys who put together a rock band. Ten years hence, fate conspires to bring them together again and set them on a journey back to where they left off. A soul searching pilgrimage into their past. Produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar under the banner of Excel Entertainment, the film is being directed by Abhishek Kapoor. Rock On stars Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Prachi Desai, Purab Kohli, Sahana Goswami and Luke Kenny.
Music for the film is composed by Shankar, Eshaan and Loy with lyrics by Javed Akhtar and cinematography by Jason West. The film is scheduled to release in mid 2008.
Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar's next film ROCK ON released its first poster across 3000 cinemas worldwide this week. The film is set for release on 29th August but the first leg of marketing has started four months in advance to get the audiences excited about the film. It is also the launch film of Farhan so every effort is being put into the marketing of this film.
The swanky poster carries a tag line 'LIVE YOUR DREAM' and rather unusual looking rockers in Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli and Luke Kenny, each flaunting tees with a different theme.
The film revolves around 4 young boys who put together the greatest band this country had ever seen but never make it. Ten years hence fate conspires to bring them together again and set them on a journey back to where they left off. A soul searching pilgrimage into their past.
Produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar under the banner of Excel Entertainment the film is being directed by Abhishek Kapoor. ROCK ON star's Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Prachi Desai, Purab Kohli, Sahana Goswami and Luke Kenny.
Other credits include music by Shankar, Eshaan & Loy with lyrics by Javed Akhtar and cinematography by Jason West.
After Sunny, Bobby and Esha one would definitely expect the youngest member of the Deol family, Ahana, to pursue the path of acting.
But the baby of the Deol family prefers to be behind the camera and put on the director's hat. Ahana who has been rejecting film offers almost everyday is planning to make her directorial debut in a film starring her elder sister Esha. Reportedly, the film is about a man who faces hardships and emerges triumph. Currently, Ahana is in the scripting process and will start shooting when everything falls in place.
The proud papa Dharmendra is more than glad when his daughter's decision and feels it would be a pleasure to work under his baby girl.