Farhan Akhtar refuses to divulge whether he has double role in Karthik Calling Karthik. "All I can tell you is that I play a lonely introverted character down on his luck, unsure and inarticulate. Everyone takes advantage of the guy I play." Farhan is quick to point out he doesn't play a geek. "Karthik isn't a geek. Something happened in his childhood to make him the way he is. This guy is just an introvert."
All the films that Farhan has been seen in so far have been produced by the actor himself. "I've no issues working for any producer as long as the project and its backers are rock-solid. An actor's worst nightmare is if his project stalls midway. The thing is, whoever has come with an acting offer wanted me to produce his films. With Karthik Calling Karthik for the first time my company is co-producing a film with a company called Magic Bean. The director Vijay Lalvani came to me with the offer to act and co-produce Karthik..."
Farhan admits he was offered Rohan Sippy's film with Abhishek Bachchan. "I couldn't do it because the dates clashed with Zoya Akhtar's film. I love her script about three friends. The fact that I've done films about male bonding before (Dil Chahta Hai, Rock On) didn't deter me. No one stops to ask how many films about the man-woman relationship are made every year. Then why not more films about male friendship?"
Farhan's next production tentatively titled Crooked does not feature him in the cast. "I'm very happy just being the producer. I've written the dialogues. It's already interestingly cast and didn't need me. While promoting KCK, I'm also doing pre-production of the sequel to Don."