Zoya has been missing for the past few days. Says the brother Farhan jokingly, "She fell asleep on Friday night and has not woken up. Any director after the film's release needs 4-5 days to unwind. Hopefully we will see the re-emergence of Zoya Akhtar."
Farhan has a lot to be happy and grateful about. "There's a general sense of elation in the family about the success of ZNMD.....Pa (Javed Akhtar), Mom (Honey Irani) and Shabana. The success of this film is something that Zoya really needed to happen after her first film Luck By Chance. She was confused about what would work and what wouldn't. We're really happy for her. I am truly grateful to Naseeruddin Shah for doing the cameo of my father. I can't imagine anyone else doing it."
There was always the chance that ZNMD might fail. But Farhan was not bothered by the specter of failure. "With my partner Ritesh Sidhwani and me doing what comes naturally to us is every important. There had have been no point in saying, 'Let's do a film about three guys on a holiday in Spain. Sounds really exciting. But let's cheat and shoot it in Madh Island."
A lot of people have criticized ZNMD for being a touristic guide to Spain. Farhan protests, "Not really. Of course ZNMD does showcase Spain because the characters are traveling through the country. But that's like saying Sideways endorses alcoholism. Of course Spanish tourism board was extremely helpful. They assisted us in every way possible. They allowed us to shoot on the streets and even recreated Spanish festivals. The Tomatina and the Running of the Bulls festivals were recreated for our camera."
Says Farhan, "We were not mobbed much. It's sad. But not too many Indian films release in Spain. The actor they knew was Hrithik. They had seen him in Kaho Naa...Pyaar Hai. Hopefully after ZNMD they'll start watching lot more Indian movies."
Why the theme of three heroes on a journey repeatedly in films produced by Farhan Akhtar? "I don't know. Maybe people think I like this genre, so they keep coming back to me with such scripts. It's just a coincidence. Luckily, after the release of ZNMD they've stopped comparing it with Dil Chahta Hai."
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