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Last Updated 18.08.2019 | 10:10 AM IST



“Priyanka, Ranveer, Anushka and I star in Zoya’s next” – Farhan

Farhan Akhtar talks to Subhash K Jha about Shaadi Ke Side Effects.

Shaadi Ke Side Effects (SKSE) is a completely contrasting world from Bhaag Milkha


Oh absolutely. And you can see the difference in the way I promote the two films. A certain mood

of fun and dance has crept into the promotion of SKSE. Of course we danced while promoting BMB.

But it would be unfair and disrespectful to make light of Milkhaji’s life and struggle during

the marketing of BMB. SKSE is a more fun-oriented film.

SKSE too has a serious message?

I wouldn’t say it has a serious message. But it has a heart. It’s a heart-warming experience.

It’s about how the Indian husband yearns to have the life of a single man even after marriage.

Some media persons try to connect the film with your own marriage. Is that an embarrassment?

It isn’t an embarrassment. But it is unnecessary. I am playing a role in SKSE. I am playing a

character in the film. There is no similarity with my real life.

And Vidya Balan what was it like working with her?

To begin with, she’s a tremendous actress. So natural, grounded and so uncomplicated. It was a

pleasure to be around her. It was a true joy to work with her. We had optimum time together

since most of the screen time is shared between us. I’d say we’ve developed a friendship during

the course of the shooting.

Did you know her before this film?

No, before shooting the film we didn’t know each other at all. And I don’t open up easily to

people I am not close to. But the need of the hour was to develop a compatibility. And I did

just that. And I didn’t regret it at all.

Was the ice between the two of you broken immediately?

The first thing I noticed about Vidya was that she laughed a lot. She has an infectious

laughter. When she laughs you feel like laughing along. Then we started hanging out together. We

shared quite a few laughs. Within the first two days we began feeling comfortable with one


What next?

I start Zoya’s film in May. I am with Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma.

Interesting cast?

That’s Zoya for you. We’ll be shooting in the open sea.

I hope you’re not seasick?

I will soon find out. Then I’ve Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s film directed by Bejoy Nambiar. Though I am

just an actor in the film, you know how Vinod Chopra is. There is a lot of give-and-take of


Do you give your inputs to the director when you’re just acting?

I don’t hold myself back. If I feel there’s something that needs to be said during shooting I

say it.

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