Fenil and Bollywood

Farhan-Licensed to thrill

Posted on: January 13, 2010

As a responsible citizen, Farhan Akhtar got himself a licence before he shot a bike scene for Karthik Calling Karthik

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 12, 2010)

// // // Farhan Akhtar’s character morphs from a loser to a cool dude in Karthik Calling Karthik. Of course, one clichéd way is to bring in a bike to lend him the required coolth. Farhan is a man of many talents, but riding a bike wasn’t one of them. So he set about learning to ride one and even got himself a licence, thus taking no chances with legalities.

The scene was shot only when Farhan was confident on the bike after a month of practice.

Karthik Calling Karthik

A source said, “In the film, Farhan plays a loser who undergoes a change. To show this transformation, there is a sequence where he takes Deepika out on a bike. The major problem was that Farhan didn’t know how to ride the bike and he didn’t have a licence either.”

Ritesh Sidhwani, the producer of the film said, “The film is about Farhan going from sober to cool. It was important that he looked confident as it worked as a style statement. We did not use a car because a bike would bring out his confident side as this is his first date in the film. So, we gifted him a brand new bike and he took a learners’ licence from the Andheri RTO. After that, for a month at nights, whenever he was free, he would practise riding a bike. Eventually, he gained confidence. After that, he went back to the RTO and got a permanent licence. It took us a month to shoot the scene but we wanted to get it right.”

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