CELEBRATE BANDRA 2014 Breaking Ground: A Conversation with Directors

CELEBRATE BANDRA 2014 Breaking Ground: A Conversation with Directors 

Day 6: Thursday, 27 November Venue: St Paul’s Institute of Communication Education A Journey Within…Farhan Akhtar & Sarita Vijayan By Shangnung Shangkhil

Farhan Akhtar, director, actor, writer, producer and singer had St Pauls Alberione Hall packed with an audience eager to listen to one of the industry’s most talented figures. And he didn’t disappoint, inspiring them even as he kept them entertained with his sense of humor.

He told the story of how he started off like any other college- going boy, and how he changed his life so successfully. As a young man, he revealed, he liked to laze around the house while all his friends went about their careers. One day his mother caught him whiling away his time playing cards with his friends and shouted at him: “Get out!” It was his fear of being thrown out of his house that made him get serious about his life, he said.

Working as an assistant director on Lamhe (a film written by his mother, Honey Irani) marked the turning point in his life. It made him realise that filmmaking is as much about projection, soul-searching, and it is about being able to create a story, he said.

When he made his first film, Dil Chahta Hai,he thought it would be the last, because he expressed whatever he wanted to without the fear of failing. ButDilChahtaHai went on to become a landmark film and that encouraged him.

He also talked about how criticism can spur you too. When working on Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, he was on a visit to Chandigarh when he met a woman, who remarked that it would be better if a Punjabi played the role of Milkha to make it more authentic. “People saying you can’t do something makes you want to do and channel it”he said. As a director, he said, “I enjoy entertaining people, be it friends, parents or anybody else. Be true to your art andlike-minded people will appreciate it.” Besides his films, women’s issues is a cause he’s passionate about. He has grown up and lives in an environment that is predominantly female, with his mother, sisterZoyaAkhtar, wife Adhunaand their two daughters. “If you let them be what they are, there’s so much strength you can take from them,” he says of the women in his life.

Writing is another passion, he says: “I value writing since I was born in a house of writers (his father is legendary poet JavedAkhtar). ” Fittingly, the evening came to an end with a poem written by Farhan Akhtar.Mard Jiske andaz mein tehzeeb hai, Jiske rehjein mein narmi hai, shabhdon mein tameez hai, Jiske dil mein bhi, aur jiske baton mein bhi , aaurat ke vaste puri izzat bhi hai, pura aadar bhi hai. Jisko aaurat ke tan man ka jeevan ka sanmaan hai, Aurat ke aatma sanman ka jisko harpal hai Who kabhi pal bhi nahi bhultaa aurat insaan hai. Jisko aapni bhi tehzeeb hai Jisme himmat bhi hai, Jisme shakti bhi hai, Jisme gaurav hai, aatma vishvas hai Jo unke saath, jo unke paas hai. Uske bhali seva mein aaurat ki suraksha karte haiJo aurat ka sacha saathi hai, ek dost hai, ek humdard hai. Sach toh yeh hai,vahi hai.


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