'Kartik Calling Kartik'


By Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama News Network

Farhan Akhtar has a penchant for working with first-time directors. ROCK ON!! may not be Abhishek Kapoor's directorial debut, but it was the first film that discovered Abhishek's true talent. Farhan's next release, LUCK BY CHANCE, is also helmed by a first-timer, his sister Zoya Akhtar. The film is carrying rave reports and those who've watched the film, speak very, very highly of it.

Farhan is ready to face the camera again and his next film as an actor, titled KARTIK CALLING KARTIK, will also be directed by a newcomer -- Vijay Lalwani. This one's a psychological thriller.

Besides acting in home-productions, Farhan and his enterprising producer-partner Ritesh Sidhwani will start a film with Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, which will be directed by Abhinay Deo, who's currently directing Aamir Khan's home-production DELHI BELLY.

So where does it leave DON 2? "That has been pushed ahead," Farhan tells me, "I planned to shoot this summer, but Shah Rukh is busy with Karan Johar's film currently, so I've decided to film it next year. In the meanwhile, I am planning to start another film later this year. I've just locked the script; it's a romantic-comedy. The casting is yet to be finalized."