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Updated: October 19, 2009 20:29 IST

Dancing queen

ANUJ KUMAR
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FOCUSSING ON HUMAN ELEMENT: Farah Khan. PHOTO: RAJEEV BHAT
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FOCUSSING ON HUMAN ELEMENT: Farah Khan. PHOTO: RAJEEV BHAT

“My figure shows I am a foodie, but this size is not because of food.” Farah Khan is known to be straightforward and somebody who doesn’t mind laughing at herself. “It is puppy fat, you know,” she quips.

“I have not been able to lose weight after pregnancy. I deserve some time. After all, I gave birth to triplets,” laughs Farah.

Size matters

Most of our noted women choreographers seem to have an abundant presence. “Yes, Saroj Khan has been fat for ages. I believe she was born fat! Of late, Vaibhavi has also been gaining weight…and I am no different. In fact, one of the apprehensions before going for the talk show was my size. I feared whether I will fit in the frame, but then I always believed in taking new challenges.”

The latest being making Kylie Minogue dance to her steps in “Blue” . “I am keeping away from choreography assignments because there are hardly any challenging offers, but I could not say no for Kylie. Director Anthony D’Souza wanted to present Kylie as what she was — the international pop diva. So, there was no point giving her Bollywood steps. I worked in sync with her style, and she rehearsed for three days before the shoot.”

Farah says she is a reluctant cook but when she is in form, she is unbeatable. “My speciality yakhini pulao, once got me into trouble. I was in Australia for a shoot and decided to cook pulao for the crew. But, it got burnt and the fire alarm went off, and everybody had to rush out. Thankfully, it was the last day of the shoot!”

Farah says her habit of straight talk no longer gives her the jitters. “Earlier, I used to fear my tendency to call a spade a spade could get me out of work, but over a period of time I realised people around me appreciate the honesty.”

Perhaps, that’s the reason she got so many stars on her talk show ‘Tere Mere Beach Mein’ . “That’s true. Salman Khan’s mother had never appeared on a talk show; Vivek Oberoi admitted his mistake of calling a press conference against Salman Khan; and Hrithik Roshan talked about the stammering he had in childhood.” She loved the episode with Karan and Sonam Kapoor, where the three discussed their fetish for junk food.

Incidentally, few know that Farah didn’t want stars on her show. “I wanted to do it with common people who are special in their own way. But as you know, nothing sells like Bollywood. The channel wanted me to bring my friends. So, I gave it a twist. I presented stars as common people and compared their lives with the man on the street. Instead of drama, I concentrated on the human element of stars. The high point was a teenager being able to find his family because of the show.”

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