Farhan strikes back with Wazir

Published Dec 22, 2015, 5:24 am IST
Updated Mar 26, 2019, 3:51 pm IST
It’s easy to say that I was influenced by Amitabh Bachchan’s aura, says Farhan Akhtar.
Farhan Akhtar
 Farhan Akhtar

Farhan Akhtar, whose latest movie Wazir will see him star opposite Amitabh Bachchan, talks about his writing genes, his family and his tryst with Bollywood.

Q You are a rare amalgamation of director, actor and writer. Whom do you credit this to?
Apart from my parents, who have always supported and allowed Zoya and I in whatever creative field we were interested in, I would credit the environment to which I have been a part of from my earlier days. I owe it to all those people who motivated and inspired me.

Q When did you realise that the world of glitz and glamour was your destination?
Even when I was 14 or 15, I knew where I would ultimately land. What drew me to movies was visual effects and cinematography. I followed the footsteps of Baba Azmi and started taking lessons in cinematography by clicking pictures. It was an undeniably expensive job. I needed to make some money; therefore I saw a holistic approach in direction as well and, thus, took to assisting directors.

Q When did you begin your tryst with direction?
Well, I was just 24 when I routed to direct Dil Chahta Hai, but started direction when I was 26. I know Bijoy for a long time and I loved his Shaitan. Though we were planning to do something together, but it materialised now with Wazir.

Q How was it working with Amitabh Bachchan?
It’s easy to say that I was influenced by his aura. The innumerable readings we did at his house had helped until the day we went onto the sets and wore make-up. But then, after the shoot started, it took some time for us to normalise, but thereafter, there was no looking back.

Q Have you passed your writing genes to your daughters?
At times, Shakya (his 15-year-old daughter) writes a few musical notes and some stories and shows it to me. I know that it’s the environment that enables one to go ahead with it, so I just react as and when to whatever she may have written.