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Farah Khan, who turns a year older today, talks about being selective about films; also reveals her equations in the industry
Aakanksha Naval-Shetye (DNA; January 9, 2013)
Filmmaker Farah Khan may be turning a year older today, but while she admits to be growing wiser, she says that she is actually feeling younger than her age. “I feel that I have really started living now. The last 21 years in the industry since I started off with Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander have been only hard work and I slogged off like crazy, but it is today that I am reaping the benefits. Back then, I never cared about the results, I just worked. So, post-40 is when I am enjoying everything that others would have at 20,” she says. Excited about starting her third directorial venture Happy New Year, she reveals that she is waiting for Shah Rukh Khan to finish Chennai Express. “I am ready to shoot it tomorrow, I am that prepared. But Shah Rukh has to finish his film with Rohit (director Rohit Shetty) and then we will probably start in April or May.” As for the buzz around the casting for the film, putting all rumours to rest, she says, “We have a few names in mind for the leading lady opposite Shah Rukh, but no one has been finalised yet. The leads apart, it’s a huge cast, so there are many other names in the running too, and we will be announcing them as soon as everyone signs on the dotted lines.”
But what about acting? “No. One film (Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi) last year was enough for me. In fact, More >
Neha Maheshwri Bhagat (BOMBAY TIMES; October 31, 2012)
After the debacle of her husband Shirish Kunder’s Joker, a film Akshay Kumar refused to promote for reasons best known to him, filmmaker Farah Khan and Khiladi Kumar fell apart. The duo had shared a fabulous rapport previously. They had coproduced Tees Maar Khan and though the film was a box-office turkey, both Akki and Farah benefited enough to take their friendship and business association to the next level. But with Joker, things took a nasty turn. In a candid chat with Bombay Times, we questioned Farah about it and she said…
What do you have to say about the recent controversy involving Akshay Kumar and your film Joker? I just feel that actors need to be a little more responsible. That’s my stand on the whole issue. If you are in a project and have taken money for it, you ought to be there till the end.
So, the tiff continues… Both Shirish (Kunder) and I have moved on. That’s why we don’t want to give interviews on this particular subject. Being the producer, I did whatever I could to promote the movie. But when the actor washes his hands off, it sends the wrong signal to everyone.
Do you agree that friendship and enmity in Bollywood are not permanent? I don’t think they should be permanent anywhere, at least not enmity. This industry is so small that you bump into the same 30 people at every party. You can avoid someone for some time, but not forever. But sometimes, you have to stand up for your principles. More >
…but Farah Khan is confident that their newfound equation will continue as it is she that both men love
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; August 28, 2012)
What we see today is an extremely successful woman, but not many know that you had a very difficult childhood. My father Kamran Khan was a successful producer, director and actor in B-grade films. When I was born, we had three flats and were well-to-do. I was a pampered brat who used to go in an Impala to Linking Road to pick up a new LP every day. Mine was literally a ‘riches to rags’ story. When I was five years old, my father made a film Aisa Bhi Hota Hai with Ayan Mukerji’s father which was a big disaster. What we did not know at that time was that he had put all his money including our three flats at stake to make this movie. When the film flopped, life changed overnight for us. My mother’s jewellery had to be sold, as also two of our flats. But the worst part was that my dad took to drinking and everything started to deteriorate. My father stopped working and began to stay at home. He had always been the benefactor who looked after his entire joint family and was generous and helped people all the time. However, he was also a very proud man who refused to go and ask people for work. His pride came in the way of his getting work. My mother was too young to handle his failures at that time and had too much self-respect. When I was 13 years old, she decided to move out of my father’s home taking Sajid and me along with More >
Farah Khan talks about the much publicised ‘patch up’, her debut as an actress and being more successful than her husband Shirish
Mauli Singh (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 14, 2012)
This year, it was rather disheartening to see you and SRK share cold vibes… …and now I guess, people are more disheartened to see things sorted out. That has affected people more.
Do you think people took advantage of the fight and added fuel to the fire? Of course! It became worse because of them. Only four people I know tried to patch us up. Everyone else reveled. The worst part was that we became a joke on a standup comedy show on television. That is when we realised it was time to wake up and smell the coffee.
So who broke the ice? If you ever had a best friend, you would know that it is quite normal for friends to fight or have misunderstandings. But as long as there is love, you can sort it out. Shah Rukh and I realised that things had become ugly. He was heartbroken with whatever happened. I was in shock too. When we met, we realised how others were having a gala time at our expense. It took us around three minutes to sort things out.
And now, the two of you are working again. Do you think SRK is your lucky charm? I think we work well together.
How did Happy New Year happen? It’s destiny I guess. I had written the film for him. It was a very organic thing. I didn’t patch up with Shah Rukh because I wanted to do a film with him. Our relationship is not professional. Its not about “oh if we More >
That’s what choreographer Farah Khan asked her husband Shirish Kunder after getting an offer to play the female lead in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Shirin Farhad to be directed by his sister Bela
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 07, 2011)
Ace choreographer -filmmaker Farah Khan is all set to make her Bollywood debut as a lead actor. The woman who created Munni and Sheila has been signed on as the leading lady in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Shirin Farhad to be directed by his sister Bela.
A visibly glowing Khan met us at her Seven Bungalows flat and kickstarted a rather interesting and revealing tete-a-tete, saying, “Shoot your questions. My triplets just went to sleep, they sleep in unison.”
How did it feel when you were asked to play the female lead in Bhansali’s Shirin Farhad?
Thinking he was pulling my leg, I said, ‘You’re mad’.
Understandable, since the two of you have often taken digs at each other…
(Laughs) Yeah, we have trashed each other in the past. We have actually shared a very off-on relationship. We started our careers around the same time (pauses and stares at the ceiling).
Go on…Yogen Shah
But we have been more than fine with each other for the past couple of years. We started bonding after my babies were born. He sent me a very sweet SMS and I sent biryani on his birthday. Since then we have been very cordial.
Did you say ‘yes’ to Bhansali instantly?
(Smiles) I asked Shirish if he would be embarrassed to see his 40-plus wife More >