Farhan on a song

Director Farhan Akhtar, who debuts as an actor with Rock On!!, is all set to start his own band, says Subhash K. Jha

After playing a musician in Rock On!! director-turned-actor Farhan Akhtar says the film has changed his attitude towards rock music and he might form his own band.

"My entire take on rock music has been tweaked after this film. Music was something I had put aside to make movies. Now I want to pursue music keenly," Farhan, who directed hits like Dil Chahta Hai and Don ó The Chase Begins, debuts as an actor with the film, said in an interview. Rock On!! is the story of four friends who put together the greatest band this country has ever seen but never made it to the top.

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Your new long-haired rockerís look is rocking.

Thanks. But I donít have the same look throughout Rock On. Thereíre two looks, actually defining the two phases in my characterís life, one with long hair and the other short.

Today are you more enthusiastic about rock music than ever before?

Yes, thanks to my music composer Shankar I know I can sing. And I can write songs too. Music was something I had put aside to make movies. Somehow I earlier felt there was only so much creative energy allotted to your life and only that much time to pursue your creativity. But I was wrong. Itís amazing how much the human mind and body can do and achieve. Now I want to pursue music keenly.

In what way?

I want to start writing songs and working with a couple of my musician-friends who are more talented than I am. Like Randold from Pentagram and many other musician friends.

Are you telling me you are planning to form your own music band?

I donít rule that out. If ever there was a desire in me to be part of a music band, itís now. I wouldnít like to ignore this desire in me now because two years from now Iíll regret it.

Would you say at this point of time your impulse for music and cinema are equally strong?

Yes, Iíd have to agree with that. For Rock On!! we not only acted as rock musicians, we also went into the studio to record songs and jammed live to get the concert feel right. All of this opened that long-shut door within me. Now it feels like the right time to pursue my dream as a musician.

Youíve a lot to be thankful to your Rock On!! director Abhishek (Gattu) Kapoor for.

Oh yes! He had no idea I could sing or even play the guitar when he offered me the role. He didnít have a clue I was so heavily into rock music.

I donít know what led him to me apart from bad directions.

You look like a rock musician.

Gattu did say that whenever I spoke my voice reminded him of the lead singer of a band called Coldplay. That was the kind of voice he said he was looking to play the lead in Rock On.

Would you allow your passion for music to override your other big talent?

No, I know making movies gives me the greatest satisfaction. But at the moment Iím enjoying music thoroughly. Itís very important to enjoy whatever you do in life. Iím looking forward to directing Voice From The Sky and Don 2. Nothing gives me more creative satisfaction than directing movies.

But music is at the moment very important. If it wasnít for Rock On!! I wouldnít have gone into singing and performing live. Rock On!! is very special. Itís very fortunate that I got this role.

Youíve no reference points as an actor.

There never will be any reference points. Every character will have to be played anew. But people whose judgment I trust have liked my performance in Rock On!!. Shabana (Azmi), for one. To have extremely talented people liking my performance reassures me. I feel I made the right decision by going into acting.

So right now, are you looking for reassurance?

I very rarely go out looking for anything. You canít expect anything from anyone. I donít ever want to put people in a spot by seeking their approval. ó  IANS





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