Will Farhan Akhtar make a legendary director?
When Farhan Akhtar is a 50 years old, assuming he is going to choose to work in the film industry in some capacity, will he be remembered as a legendary director? Would he have proven himself to be a prolific director good/great movies?
I beg no. I have a few reasons to say so.
The first three movies of Farhan are Dil chahta hai, Lakshya and Don. DCH was a very well made and connected really well with the urban young crowd who related with a lot of emotions, situations and character streaks. Lakshya was also well made, albeit a little loose and slow, was a coming of age movie of a rich slaker with a patriotic flavor. The third movie was a smart remake of a yesteryear hit (for which his father happens to be the script/story writer).
I see a pattern in Farhan’s directorial career so far. DCH and Lakshya are full of south Bombay elements. DCH is a story of three rich south Bombay youngsters; Lakshya’s protagonist also happens to be a south Bombay young slacker. I guess I can imagine that Farhan also would have been a rich south Bombay kid who slacked most of the time till he reached the age of having to do something with his life. A lot of the script would be, I am assuming and hence deriving, is based on his life experiences.
Don’t take me wrong – I like all his movies so far. He has told his stories extremely well. But where he falls short is in generating good stories independent of his life experience. I think all good directors would be extremely well read on wide range of topics, history, good observers of other people/situations and great commentators. The fact that his third movie was a remake and the long gap since “Don”, sort of reinforces my reading of him – that he is barren when it comes to story ideas. But if given a good story, he might execute it well.