For the first time, she’s not choreographing an SRK film

Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 5, 2010)


For the first time ever, filmmaker Farah Khan is not choreographing a Shah Rukh Khan produced movie and this has got tongues wagging. It has been repeatedly said that the once best friends Farah and SRK have gone separate ways and that she has been heavily bonding with Salman Khan, an industry rival of SRK after their bitter fall out at Katrina Kaif ’s birthday a couple of years back. Though close friends of Farah say that time constraints have not allowed her to do SRK’s Ra.1 as she is mighty busy with her own movie Tees Maar Khan, many others in the industry say that everything’s still not fine between the two. For ten years, every movie that Shah Rukh produced, Farah had been the choreographer, including Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, Asoka, Chalte Chalte, Main Hoon Na, Kaal, Paheli and Om Shanti Om. From making SRK workout to sport a six pack and go shirtless on screen to the more aesthetic song and dance sequences of Paheli, Farah has experimented, innovated and gone larger in her approach to make a song for Shah Rukh. But unfortunately fo Ra.1, it seems like Farah’s name wil not appear in the credit list.

According to a source, “The benefit of doubt in this situation is that Farah does have an alibi. She has been slogging her life out for Tees Maar Khan She is also a mother to three and so automatically can’t devote so much time as she used to earlier. Moreover the post production of her movie wil also take a lot of her time and then she will get into publicity designs an promotions. However, the other side of the coin is that Farah has always worked like a machine. When she was choreographing for 10 films a year she always had that extra time for SRK. She did a song for Salman’s Dabangg (Munni Badnaam Hui) despite her Tees Maar Khan schedule. Farah’s absence is indeed raising a lot of eyebrows and people are bound to draw conclusions that all is not well despite what both of them have to say about each other at press events.”

We also hear that SRK might be getting a Hollywood choreographer for Ra.1. When contacted, Farah chose to remain silent. SRK could not be contacted for a comment.

prithwish.ganguly@timesgroup.com