Farhan Akhtar accepts that director in him has taken a backseat: ‘But I’m working towards something’


It has been a decade since Farhan Akhtar last directed a film but the filmmaker-actor doesn’t mind the hiatus as he feels fortunate to have played diverse roles in front of the camera.

Akhtar made his directorial debut in 2001 with Dil Chahta Hai and followed it up with projects like Hrithik Roshan-headlined Lakshya in 2004 and Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Don (2006).

His last film as a director was Don 2, which was released in 2011.

Akhtar, who rose to spotlight as an actor with films like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Dil Dhadakne Do and The Sky is Pink, said it’s a struggle to refuse interesting acting opportunities.

“To a certain extent it is true that the director in me has taken a backseat because of the interesting parts I am being offered. I do feel lucky with the kind of work I’ve gotten to do over the years. When things come your way, it’s difficult to say no because they’re so exciting.