Farhan Akhtar, like most creative people, needs his working space, especially when he's working. Currently, the actor-director-producer-singer has a sea-facing room in his name at a five-star suburban hotel, where he works from morning to evening. Even though he has a home and an office close by, Farhan prefers to work in isolation. Currently, the Don director is writing the dialogues for his next production which is to be directed by Abhinay Deo.
Talking about his creative space Farhan says, "Though it's true that I have a spacious bungalow in Bandra every time I need to write for my films I need my own space." Farhan brushes aside the inference that his children can prove to be a distraction at home. "I love spending time with my children. I have been booking into a hotel, a few metres from my home, to write my dialogues, ever since Lakshya (his second film). This way I get to disconnect completely and am alone with my thoughts. The only things that I bring with me are my laptop, music (iPod) and the script that I am working on."
Farhan has been going to the hotel for over a week now. "I go in the morning, write my stuff and come home in the evening. This is my own private space which I don't get at the office too as there's a constant stream of visitors there."
He adds that he doesn't miss the electronic medium or his family. "I don't watch too much TV so I don't miss that and my cell is mostly on silent or off unless I am expecting an important call. I don't miss my family as I come home in the evening. This way it helps me to focus on the task at hand and finishes work a lot faster than I do otherwise at home or in the office. If there's a very important meeting then I can do it from the hotel too and then get back to work."
After Abhinay's film, he will write the dialogues for sister Zoya's next film and then the sequel of Don. It takes him 2-3 weeks to complete writing for a film. Though Farhan writes the dialogues of most of his productions, for Karthik Calling Karthik, which has been written and directed by Vijay Lalwani. When asked if that bothered the writer in him, he says, "No, because all discussions take place before we begin shooting and then there are suggestions from everyone. There's no such thing like 'I know better' because I am a writer and director too happening here. Whatever suits the script the best is taken."
Farhan is looking forward to KCK, "It was an extremely challenging role to take on. The script is very taut and gripping and the romantic track is refreshing. I haven't done intense romantic scenes till now — even in Rock On!! and Luck By Chance. I play a very interesting character who changes dramatically through the film."