11 May, 2021

Lakshya, By Chance?

Nouveau hip? No problem...but filmdom's cool dude still has to prove he's no fluke

Lakshya, By Chance?
Every young filmmaker in Bollywood would want to stand in Farhan Akhtar’s shoes—they’re a cool and successful pair. On second thoughts, they don’t make for such a comfort fit after all. Three years since the city-slick Dil Chahta Hai (DCH) blew a fresh breeze of story-telling, every filmmaker from Karan Johar to Kunal Kohli has tried hard to sport an attitude but never quite managed to get as effortlessly stylish. No wonder we are again looking to Farhan to deliver the next nouveau hip in the form of Lakshya.

Such a collective weight of anticipation can kill any spark of confidence in a filmmaker. However, Farhan looks far from burdened, in fact, he is the epitome of fashionable indifference even while admitting that he is "anxious, nervous" but not a wee bit more than he was with his maiden venture. Clearly, DCH ghosts don’t haunt him. "It (DCH) gave me a great platform and gave others the confidence to work with Excel Entertainment (the production house he runs with childhood friend Ritesh Sidhwani)," says Farhan. However, DCH is...

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