‘De Niro is the only per­son whose feet I’ve touched’

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Farhan Akhtar has di­rected Shah Rukh Khan, writ­ten di­a­logues for Aamir Khan, and when on cam­era, he’s played ev­ery­thing from a rock star and a sprinter to a va­ca­tion­ing mag­a­zine writer. In fact, to play sprinter Milkha Singh in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Farhan put in enough phys­i­cal self-tor­ture that his train­ers were con­vinced he was ready to com­pete pro­fes­sion­ally. But don’t call him a ‘method ac­tor’, be­cause this ac­tor and film­maker main­tains that the moniker be­longs to Hol­ly­wood great, Robert De Niro.

Suc­cess­ful movie peo­ple are al­ways talk­ing about how much they ad­mire even more suc­cess­ful movie stars, but Farhan’s De Niro fawn­ing is up a whole other gra­di­ent: “He’s the only per­son whose feet I’ve ever touched in my life,” he re­veals.

Farhan’s met the man twice, but says that he was tongue-tied. “It was a weird thing and I didn’t know what to say. Af­ter ‘How are you, sir?’ I’d get un­com­fort­able,” shares the 41-year-old ac­tor in an in­ter­view given to GQ In­dia, in their July edi­tion.

In the ’80s, a young Farhan saw De Niro play Al Capone in The Un­touch­ables at Ster­ling Cin­ema, and was amazed that De Niro would do so much for a role. “(He) put on all that weight, shaved his head, just for those seven or eight scenes. That kind of ded­i­ca­tion is just amaz­ing,” he says.

It was a weird thing (meet­ing De Niro) and I didn’t know what to say af­ter. I’d get un­com­fort­able Farhan Akhtar, ac­tor and film­maker

Robert De Niro (right); Farhan

Akhtar gets play­ful with a

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