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    Farhan Akhtar’s next big, geeky investment: A smart house


    For Akhtar, luxury is a combination thing. He also reveals as a kid he always wanted the Slazenger cricket bat.

    For Akhtar, luxury is a combination thing. He also reveals as a kid he always wanted the Slazenger cricket bat.
    It’s meant to be a chat about business interests with Farhan Akhtar, but the actor-filmmaker is in the middle of a game of Ludo with his daughters Shakya and Akira at his home in Bandra, Mumbai, before he frees himself for this interview. Akhtar then reveals that while he may splurge on Porsches and holiday homes today, there was a time years ago, when all he wanted was a Slazenger cricket bat. Excerpts from the conversation:

    What does luxury mean to you?
    It is a combination thing. Growing up, you fantasise getting the top of the line research, experience, technology, like in driving.

    How has the meaning of luxury changed for you over the years?
    To a certain extent, one felt that it would be amazing to work and afford things. You have to be grateful for what you have, but you’re always pushing further. When I got my first car, it was a Fiat with a stick shift and I thought I had arrived.

    What’s the next big investment you are likely to make?
    A house somewhere around the world, where we can go and stay for a vacation. I would love to make my house, a smart house. I am very fond of technology and like to keep pace with change.

    Perhaps on the beaches of Spain? Yes, there is something about Spain. What are your top three luxury buys lately?
    A Porsche GTS, upgrades on my home theatre system, because even Blu-Ray feels outdated now, and a family holiday in December. Luxury buys would be nice car rentals too, since we like road trips. The cars we rent have to be really comfortable.

    Can you recall things you stretched yourself to buy before you were successful?
    My cricket bat. It was a Slazenger bat, when I was in school. A friend had it, it sounded really nice when it made contact with the ball. At that time, my mom gave me Rs 10 for lunch money. I saved that for a really long time, and bummed food from my friends. Eventually, what I collected was way short of what was needed, but my mom appreciated the effort. So I went to a sports shop in Pali Hill (Mumbai) where I bought that bat. Second would be this house that I stay in right now. It is close to my mother, so she could be with the kids.

    Farhan Akhtar performing in Houston (Image: Twitter)

    What would you count as your favourite holidays?
    The family holiday in Maldives, where we went last December. The second would be a road trip that we did just after Zindagi (Na Milegi Dobara) around Europe. We drove from Berlin to Munich, Salzburg, Milan, Barcelona, Nice, Pisa and ended it in Rome. I remember my younger daughter was very little, but we were surprised with how she held up through the many hours of drive.

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