"I don't get disturbed at all."
After audiences drew similarities between Toofaan and Sultan, Farhan Akhtar stated that he is not “disturbed” by them.
Both Farhan’s upcoming film Toofaan and the 2016 Salman Khan film Sultan are sports dramas and are about down-and-out athletes who make a comeback.
Farhan was asked if the comparisons “disturb” him.
He explained that even though there may be similarities in the structure of the two films, the journeys of both characters are completely different.
Farhan went on to say that broadly speaking, any sportsperson who defies the odds to make a successful comeback can fall in this category.
He explained: “I don’t get disturbed at all.
“The fact is people will discover what this film is about when they see it.
“When we announced we were making a film about boxing, people said we’re ripping off Rocky.
“Now that they’ve seen the trailer, they think we’ve ripped off Sultan.
“And that is completely understandable.
“There may be elements of the structure that are similar, in terms of somebody who is good at what he did, lost it all, and had to get it back.
“But that story is so common of so many people.
“Say somebody succeeded in any other sport, cricket for example… Somebody may have got injured, went out, and came back and made it to the national team.
“You can say they have exactly the same story, but their journeys are never the same.”
Farhan Akhtar added that no one has the same journey.
“Who they are as people, how they react to things, what it is that compelled them to be there in the first place, what compelled them to go back are completely different things.
“No two people have the same journey.”
Toofaan also stars Mrunal Thakur and Paresh Rawal. It is directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and is set to release on July 16, 2021, on Amazon Prime Video.
In addition, there have been rumours that Farhan will return to the director’s chair with Don 3.
His last directorial was Don 2 in 2011.
He has also been asked about Dil Chahta Hai 2. Farhan has now reacted to the speculation.
On whether he is working on these scripts, Farhan said:
“No, not currently. Dil Chahta Hai 2 very rarely do I get asked about, Don 3 I am constantly asked about.
“But at the moment, no. Right now I have a certain focus on the stuff that I am intending to do, and of course, time will come for me to talk about it more openly. But they don’t feature.”