Voice From The Sky has been a project precious to Farhan Akhtar's heart for a very long time. "I began scripting Voice From The Sky right after Dil Chahta Hai. It's been with me from 2002-2003."
Irrfan Khan was supposed to play the lead. "I thought of Irrfan for the lead. But then Saif seemed a more natural choice. He's amazingly apt for the part. After Dil Chahta Hai we wanted to work together. We did come close to working together in my sister Zoya's film. Finally Voice From The Sky turned out to be the right film."
As usual Saif took his time to decide. "I first spoke to Saif about this a film a year back. At that point of time he wasn't clear about whether he'd be able to do it.
Then one day out of the blue he called and said he can't stop thinking about the script. After that we be both made an effort to accommodate one another. It's working out to the end of the year."
Farhan refuses to take credit for Saif's stardom after Dil Chahta Hai. "It proved a turning point for all of us. That film was part of our journey. But yes, it was a milestone for Saif, and for me."
Farhan is also very kicked about working with Priyanka Chopra. "She's really hassle-free, and according to me still has lots of untapped potential. Her role in Voice From The Sky is very different from whatever she has done so far.
It's primarily the story of a little boy. Priyanka and Saif are the two people who come into his life. I'm really looking forward to working with Priyanka and Saif after Don and Dil Chahta Hai."
Farhan needs to find his child protagonist very soon. "Now that I've Saif and Priyanka in place I can start looking for the boy. It would've been terrible to find him and then not be able to make the film."
Farhan admits Saif-Priyanka make a hugely commercially viable pair. "Of course they make a difference. We certainly get more eyeballs."
Voice From The Sky will have both English and Hindi. "It won't be in Hinglish. There're certain people who will speak only in English. Others will speak in Hindi."
Voice From The Sky will have no songs.
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