"Most young people in their teens love riding bikes. I made a promise to mom (Honey Irani) that I wouldn't drive bikes. Her two brothers had been involved in a major car accident and she didn't want me to be involved in one. I never felt the need to drive a bike. Maybe, because I gave mom my word."
"My first major vehicle was not a bike - but a Fiat car at 20 (I have a Range Rover today). I gave the exams and got my driving license. Here too I was late -- while my friends had learnt how to drive cars by 16 I got my license at 20."
"In Karthik Calling Karthik, my character initially lacks self-confidence. It is only after riding a bike that he gains confidence. He sees himself on a bike. That's when I learnt to ride a bike. We got a cruiser bike, I got a learner's license and every day for a month, would ride for a couple of hours close to midnight at the Bandra-Kurla complex with Zubin, a dear friend."
"I really look forward to a time when I can ride my bike again (co-producer and buddy Ritesh Sidhwani gifted it to him) but I do it at late night when roads are more clear. I love riding bikes now. Mom is also more relaxed as she knows I will never drive rashly."
Actor-director-singer Farhan Akhtar has developed a passion for motorcycle riding after learning to ride a bike for the first time for his home production Karthik Calling Karthik. He turns 36 in January. Better late than never, we think.