Farhan Akhtar: “I Find Love Sto­ries Very Bor­ing!”

The multi-task­ing Bol­ly­wood hot­tie gets can­did with Cosmo.

Cosmopolitan (India) - - CONTENTS - By Priyam Chaturvedi

FARHAN AKHTAR I find love sto­ries very bor­ing!

If there was an award cat­e­gory for Multi-Task­ing Bol­ly­wood Hot­tie, Farhan Akhtar would win it, with­out much con­tention. The man is an ac­tor, singer, pro­ducer, di­rec­tor, script-writer, lyri­cist, tele­vi­sion host and now so­cial ac­tivist, and very suc­cess­ful at each of his roles. His last re­lease, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, was a tremen­dous hit that proved his met­tle as an ac­tor—and won him tonnes of ac­co­lades. Ironic, con­sid­er­ing Farhan be­came an ac­tor sim­ply be­cause he “felt like act­ing!” Here, Mr A talks about date night faux pas, his up­com­ing projects and his re­cent so­cial ini­tia­tive, MARD.

COSMO: What, ac­cord­ing to you, makes a re­la­tion­ship work?

FARHAN AKHTAR:

is the big­gest thing!” “Hon­esty! That

C: What’s your big­gest turn on?

FA: “A nice, ra­di­ant smile—it has the power to light up some­one’s face.”

C: And your num­ber-one turn off...

FA: “Prob­a­bly body odour!”

C: What’s the one thing a woman must never say on a date?

FA: “I don’t know a lot about th­ese things, but cer­tainly not some­thing like, ‘Can I get my mom along?’”

C: What should a woman do to get your at­ten­tion?

FA: “There are many things a woman can do to get my at­ten­tion— like just call out my name. That would be a good start I think.”

C: De­scribe your­self in five words...

FA: “Some­body who lives in Ban­dra.”

C: What’s the one thing ev­ery guy lies about?

FA: “The size of his bi­ceps.”

C: One thing you don’t get about women is...

FA: “Okay, it’s sea­sonal, but I

wit­nessed it once and it was very fright­en­ing. It’s that zom­bie-like trance that women get into dur­ing sales! I’ve ac­tu­ally been run over by women in­side a store dur­ing a sale!”

C: What’s keep­ing you busy right now?

FA: “I’m just wrap­ping up Shaadi Ke Side Ef­fects, op­po­site Vidya Balan. I’m also writ­ing di­a­logues for Zoya’s next film. Apart from this, I’m work­ing with other di­rec­tors and look­ing at pro­duc­ing some films. And I’m do­ing my mu­sic con­certs as well!”

C: How do you deal with crit­i­cism?

FA: “It hon­estly de­pends on who it is com­ing from. If it’s a news­pa­per or a tabloid, I sim­ply ig­nore it. But if it’s from peo­ple whose opin­ions I care about, then I lis­ten care­fully!”

C: Does your mind­set change when you’re pro­duc­ing a movie, rather than di­rect­ing or act­ing in it?

FA: “No, there isn’t a ma­jor shift, but as a pro­ducer, it is slightly more hands-off be­cause you re­alise it is some­one else’s vi­sion that you are sup­port­ing. So you don’t get at­tached to it as deeply as I think you would when you di­rect a movie. It still is yours, but you know it be­longs to some­one else.”

C: Is there a genre of movies you like work­ing on the most?

FA: “Not the most, but I can tell you the ones I like work­ing on the least. It’ll be

sto­ries... I those very find true-blue them very love bor­ing.”

C: Fill in the blanks: no-one would think I’m sexy if they knew...

FA: “I bite my nails!”

C: How do you deal with all the at­ten­tion you get from women?

FA: “I blush.”

C: Tell us about your per­sonal style?

FA: “I don’t know... khichdi, maybe? I don’t know what to call it. It’s retro, snazzy, comfy... what­ever you call it.”

C: Can a guy be com­pletely hon­est in a re­la­tion­ship?

FA: “Well, he can try!”

C: It’s so great that you’ve started a so­cial cause that raises aware­ness against gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion. Tell us more.

FA: “My ini­tia­tive is called MARD (Men Against Rape and Dis­crim­i­na­tion) and it is some­thing that I hope will make peo­ple start ques­tion­ing the ba­sic at­ti­tude our so­ci­ety has to­wards women. Luck­ily, there are many peo­ple do­ing some pretty amaz­ing work in this area, but this is a re­spon­si­bil­ity that ev­ery sin­gle per­son should share. That’s how I thought of this.”

COSMO NOTE:

Farhan con­ceived MARD af­ter a Mum­bai lawyer was sex­u­ally as­saulted and then mur­dered by her watch­man in 2012. Ever since, he has been rais­ing aware­ness about gen­der in­equal­ity through con­certs, tonnes of Tweets and FB up­dates, and some pretty bold moves—like at IPL this year, Farhan dis­trib­uted 70, 000 mous­taches to raise sup­port.

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