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Zoya Akhtar

Javed Akhtar's daughter casts her brother Farhan in her debut film Luck by Chance

Zoya Akhtar
Zoya Akhtar
Tell us about the challenges you faced while making Luck by Chance.

It was all fun when I was writing it. But casting became difficult. I almost gave up but returned to it after a while.

You didn’t think of casting Farhan initially?

He never said he wanted to act so nobody thought of him. Reema Kagti cast him in Honeymoon Travels, but he started doing Don so he couldn’t do it. Then he was cast in Fakir of Venice which I watched and really liked. But before that it didn’t strike anybody.

Now that it’s over, what do you think?

I’m exhausted. I’ve seen it too many times. I can see how I would do it differently but now’s not the time. It’s my first film and I like it.

Are films entertainment for you?

Entertainment to me is a huge word. It doesn’t mean I have to keep laughing. A film needs to hold me, pull me in.

Do you and Farhan share film sensibilities?

We watch films together and have differences, but 95 per cent of the time we agree.

You seem more level-headed than Farhan.

I was very adult for a kid. I could argue with anybody at the age of four and I had completely logical arguments and theories.

How influenced are you by your parents?

My mum is meticulous. But I’m completely like my dad and I work in utter chaos. I’m more argumentative like my father, logical, analytical and observant. I’m more like mum in that I don’t mind not being in the limelight.

Haven’t you thought of acting?

I can’t act. Mira Nair tried to get me to act but I couldn’t do it. I prefer making films.

What did you learn about the industry while making this film?

That people will go that extra mile in times of crunch and learning that was really nice.

What did you learn about yourself?

That I’m actually quite calm. So I was quite impressed with myself.

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