Zoya says while she was sure about
Farhan's acting skills, Reema Kagti of "Honeymoon Travels
Pvt Ltd" fame too suggested his name.
"Farhan was supposed to make his debut in
Reema's 'Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd'. He was supposed to do the
role that Abhay Deol did. But Farhan couldn't manage the dates
because he was busy shooting for 'Don - The Chase Begins'. Reema
also suggested Farhan's name for the lead in 'Luck By Chance'.
Then I saw his acting in 'The Fakir of Venice'... he was fantastic,"
says she had signed Farhan even before the release of the 2008
musical hit "Rock On!" for which the actor-director
got rave reviews and even walked away with the best newcomer trophy
at the recently held Nokia STAR Screen Awards.
Produced by Excel Entertainment in association
with Big Pictures, "Luck By Chance" is the story of
an actor who arrives in Mumbai like many aspiring men to make
a mark in Bollywood. How he handles success and failure in his
life forms the rest of the story.
According to Zoya, daughter of well-known lyricist
Javed Akhtar, writing the script for the film was a cakewalk.
"This was quite an easy film for me to write.
It was a very smooth process. From start to finish, it took me
no extra research to pen the story down. It is so because I've
seen a lot of strugglers who come to Mumbai make a living out
of Bollywood. Also, I have friends who came from Oman and Assam
and are doing fairly good work for themselves," she said.
"Luck By Chance" is releasing Jan 30
and Zoya is quite confident about its box-office performance.
"I don't think any film made on Bollywood
has not done well. At least I have liked all of them. 'Guddi',
'Rangeela' and 'Om Shanti Om' - all these films have done well,"
"Luck By Chance" boasts of a line-up
of stars including Konkona Sen Sharma, Isha Sharvani, Sanjay Kapoor,
Juhi Chawla, Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia and Hrithik Roshan besides
many others who appear in cameos.
Although scripting was not difficult, Zoya faced
difficulties in getting rest of the cast for the film.
"I had to really think it out when I was
deciding on these multiple actors that I wanted in the film. It
was tough to decide especially because I wanted the right actors
who could play themselves and still look believable as part of
the film. Then there are other good actors like Boman Irani and
Saurabh Shukla, who are playing characters in the film. All I
can say is there is enough for everyone in the film," she
Though Zoya has lots of ideas for future projects,
she plans to go for a long holiday after the release of "Luck