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For Bol­ly­wood’s mul­ti­fac­eted celebrity Farhan Akhtar, per­form­ing a gig in front of a live au­di­ence gives an adren­a­line rush com­pa­ra­ble to that one gets from skydiving. In GQ’s Novem­ber 2016 is­sue, Farhan spoke about his live mu­sic per­for­mances, in an in­ter­view to Uday Bene­gal, the front­man of In­dian rock band In­dus Creed. “Per­form­ing is just such a re­lease,” Farhan said.

“It’s like skydiving, but the rush lasts longer. You’ll put in those hours in the stu­dio, mak­ing sure you get a good song. If that con­nects with peo­ple, that’s the prize. “Be­cause then, when you go up there and ev­ery­one sings along with you – man, what a feel­ing that is,” added the ac­tor, who was seen in a skydiving se­quence in Hindi film Zindagi Na Mi­legi Do­bara.

An ac­tor, writer, film­maker and singer, Farhan is await­ing the re­lease of the se­quel of the 2008 hit film Rock On!! And in the eight years be­tween the movies, it’s in­ter­est­ing how he has es­tab­lished his foot­ing as a singer with his own band. He has also been tour­ing widely. Talk­ing about what ig­nited the de­sire to get on stage while main­tain­ing a busy ca­reer in the film in­dus­try, he pointed out how the seeds had been sown in 1988 when Bruce Spring­steen, Peter Gabriel, St­ing, Yous­sou N’D’ur, L Subra­ma­niam and a 24-yearold Tracy Chap­man per­formed in Delhi at Amnesty In­ter­na­tional’s ‘Hu­man Rights Now!’ tour. He was 14 back then. It was seven years later that Farhan got his first gui­tar and he be­came “ob­sessed” with it. “I made it my mis­sion to be able to play all the chords from (Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ from start to fin­ish. I got a book from (Mum­bai mu­sic store) Bhargava’s Musik which showed you how to play chords,” he said.

Be­cause then, when you go up there and ev­ery­one sings along with you – man, what a feel­ing that is

Farhan Akhtar

Bol­ly­wood Ac­tor and Singer

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