Over the course of his career spanning more than two decades, Farhan Akhtar has directed and produced several critically acclaimed films, including Dil Chahta Hai, Lakshya, Luck by Chance, Talaash and Gully Boy. Not only that, Akhtar has shown he has a range of actors for days, from his nuanced roles in Rock On and Karthik Calling Karthik to his powerful dramatic turn in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. One thing that makes most of Akhtar’s films just from entertaining films to great films is the fact that most of them actually have something important to say about modern society, something that could be even more relevant today.
“I think I inherently think a movie should have something more to say than what you see on the surface,” says Farhan, who often seems very intentional and responsible for the projects he takes on. “I mean it can go as far as you want, but there has to be something. It can’t be a series of events that leave you feeling like why they put this together. And again, when we talk about the message in a movie, it doesn’t necessarily always have to be something that’s kind of a booth but there has to be something that, on some level, resonates emotionally with the viewer. ”
Elaborating further on his penchant for films that are not just entertainment, Farhan says, “Somewhere like ‘Lakshya’ has a very specific motive and position for me. But what does a movie like “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” or “Rock On” tell you? It just tells you that friendship is important and take time for your friends or don’t react so easily or end things when you are emotional and they are small things but they stay with you because you have realized that there are things like this you also do in your life. Learning about these movies is not like deep learning, but it’s the little things in life and it’s nice to remember them through a movie and through characters that you liked, or characters. stories you enjoyed.
“As long as there is something more than just the entertainment of the movie, I think if a movie is just entertaining, then it’s a bit rude for me to just be entertaining. every time to achieve it, but when it does, it feels good, “he added.
Akhtar is currently preparing for the release of the boxing drama Toofaan from director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. The multi-faceted star has undergone intense training to prepare for the role of Aziz Ali aka Ajju Bhai, a henchman who will become a national level boxer. Toofaan marks Akhtar’s second collaboration with Mehra. The two previously worked together in another sports film, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag in 2013.
Speaking about the most difficult aspect of working at Toofaan, Akhtar says, “Learning a new discipline, a new sport, trying to be good at it takes a lot of focus and practice. Fortunately, I had a great team. So they really got me through it all. But mentally, you have to be really strong.
“There are times when you’re in the middle of your workout, where you’re being pushed, your body wants to stop, but it’s really your mind that’s kind of telling you why you’re doing this. Every ounce you donate there goes to something that is the movie’s greatest story. “
Much like his other films, Akhtar says this one also goes beyond the obvious. “There’s a lot going on. Sport is really the backdrop… it’s very exciting, of course, it’s cinematic, there’s adrenaline, all of that. But the heart of the film lies in the relationships between these characters, ”he says.
Toofaan also stars Mrunal Thakur, who plays the love interest of Doctor Ananya and Aziz, and Paresh Rawal as Nana Prabhu, his boxing trainer. Co-produced by Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani under their Excel Entertainment banner, Toofaan is slated for digital release on Amazon Prime Video on July 16.
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