Shabana Azmi`s brother to direct Farhan Akhtar

Updated: Jan 18, 2011, 15:51 PM IST

Mumbai: Actor-director-producer Farhan Akhtar says he will act in Baba Azmi`s directorial debut after completing his sister Zoya`s `Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara`.

"After Zoya`s film `Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara`, where I play one of the leads, releases I am starting another film as an actor to be directed by Baba Azmi. It`s a very different kind of character from what I`ve played so far. We start in July 2011," said Farhan.

Moviemaking is in the family, and what a family! While Farhan`s dad Javed needs no introduction, the rest of his family including mom Honey and sister Zoya are also filmmakers. And of course Farhan`s step-mom Shabana, who is an very integral part of the Akhtar clan, is also a name to reckon with in acting.

An accomplished choreographer, Baba is Shabana`s brother and is known for his work in movies like "Tezaab" and "Mr India".

Shedding more light on his directorial debut, Baba said: "The entire family has been egging me on to direct. I guess everything happens in its own time. Yes, I am directing a film that will star Farhan. His production house (Excel Entertainment) will produce the film."

Prod him for more information on his directorial venture, and Baba said: "It`s a love story. I won`t be doing the cinematography, though. Handling both the camera and direction would be too much for me."

Baba has chosen Ananyaka Bose to do the cinematography for his directorial debut.

"I`ve seen Ananya`s work in `Kites`, `Jhoom Baraabar Jhoom` and `I Hate Luv Storys`. He lights up the screen and makes the actors look very glamorous. I think it`s very important for the actors to look good on screen."

Curiously, the inhouse scripting maestro Javed has not written Baba`s directorial debut. A friend of Baba, Jagdish Acharya has penned the movie.

And no, neither Baba`s super-talented sister Shabana nor his actress wife Tanvi Aazmi have roles in his directorial debut.

"Shabana and Tanvi are such talented actors. I can`t just cast them in any role. My film has no part to justify their presence," said Baba.

The hunt is on for a leading lady for Farhan in the film.