This Article is From Jun 06, 2013

Farhan Akhtar: Filmmakers have to do jugaad for casting

Farhan Akhtar: Filmmakers have to do jugaad for casting

Farhan Akhtar will next be seen in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, opposite Sonam Kapoor.

Highlights

  • Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar, who has helmed successful films such as Dil Chahta Hai and Don - The Chase Begins, says all the directors and producers in the film industry have to do jugaad for casting.
  • Casting is an integral part of the film's process and he says it is "actually one of the most demanding processes, in terms of trying to get appointments, to get time".
  • "In the whole film industry, all the producers and all the directors have to do jugaad for casting. Nothing can happen without that," said the 39-year-old.
  • In fact, for his directorial debut Dil Chahta Hai, Farhan reveals he had pulled a casting coup with names such as Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna and Preity Zinta featuring in it.
  • Casting for the 2001 blockbuster buddy film had been the toughest, says Farhan, as "I had to wait for long in my life for casting of Dil Chahta Hai".
  • The film was a runaway hit at the box office and also won a National Award landing Farhan overnight success and critical acclaim.
  • On being asked about the film for which he got the fastest casting, Farhan said: "The fastest ever I have managed to cast anybody for the film I directed was for Don."
  • Don came out in 2006 and featured Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Arjun Rampal, Boman Irani and Om Puri.
  • However, this time around, he has roped in less experienced actors for Fukrey. Pulkit Samrat, Manjot Singh, Varun Sharma, Ali Faisal, Richa Chadda, Vishakha Singh and Priya Anand feature in the film.
  • Fukrey hits theatres on June 14 and the filmmaker is hopeful that the casting will work wonders for the movie.
Mumbai: Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar, who has helmed successful films such as Dil Chahta Hai and Don - The Chase Begins, says all the directors and producers in the film industry have to do jugaad for casting.

Casting is an integral part of the film's process and he says it is "actually one of the most demanding processes, in terms of trying to get appointments, to get time".

"In the whole film industry, all the producers and all the directors have to do jugaad for casting. Nothing can happen without that," said the 39-year-old.

In fact, for his directorial debut Dil Chahta Hai, Farhan reveals he had pulled a casting coup with names such as Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna and Preity Zinta featuring in it.

Casting for the 2001 blockbuster buddy film had been the toughest, says Farhan, as "I had to wait for long in my life for casting of Dil Chahta Hai".

The film was a runaway hit at the box office and also won a National Award landing Farhan overnight success and critical acclaim.

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On being asked about the film for which he got the fastest casting, Farhan said: "The fastest ever I have managed to cast anybody for the film I directed was for Don."

Don came out in 2006 and featured Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Arjun Rampal, Boman Irani and Om Puri.

However, this time around, he has roped in less experienced actors for Fukrey. Pulkit Samrat, Manjot Singh, Varun Sharma, Ali Faisal, Richa Chadda, Vishakha Singh and Priya Anand feature in the film.

Fukrey hits theatres on June 14 and the filmmaker is hopeful that the casting will work wonders for the movie.