Teaming up with Shah Rukh after a gap of five years

Madhur Tankha
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Farah Khan in Delhi.- Photo: R. V. Moorthy
Farah Khan in Delhi.- Photo: R. V. Moorthy

After a gap of five years, Bollywood filmmaker-cum-choreographer Farah Khan will again be working with her favourite actor Shah Rukh Khan in her upcoming directorial venture Happy New Year .

A beaming Farah says the script is ready and Shah Rukh will commence shooting after wrapping up his film Chennai Express .

“I will portray Shah Rukh as larger-than-life in this ambitious project. In fact, he would be presented in a bigger avatar than in our last film Om Shanti Om . I have done lot of hard work for the past two years.”

Apart from Shah Rukh, Farah has also roped in versatile actor Boman Irani. “I share a certain comfort level with Boman. We chat a lot and share our meals. As a director, I can bring out the actor in him and as a co-actor he makes it easy for me to act. This is the reason why I concurred to do Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi with him. Acting is not my cup of tea and henceforth I would concentrate only on direction.”

Even as 100 hundred years of Indian cinema is being celebrated across the nation, Farah is worried about the growing intolerance towards almost every film which releases in theatres these days.

“The intolerance can be seen from the number of cases being filed in courts these days. Every crime, whether it is criminal assault or kidnapping or robbery, is associated with one film or the other. Some people say the growing incidents of rape are due to item numbers. But we had raunchy cabarets in films of the earlier era too. Look at some of the songs of the 1970s. They were incredibly sensuous and the words bordered on vulgarity. But then none of these crimes were being reported. As the country celebrates 100 hundred years of Indian cinema, we need to become a more tolerant society. Or else how would Indian cinema complete 150 years?”

The actor says the increasing signs of intolerance towards the creative liberty of filmmakers proves that “we are becoming a Taliban-like society”.

Farah feels acting is a bigger challenge than direction. “I have taught so many creative people how to act before the camera but when my turn came to act it was pretty tough. Firstly, I had to wear a skirt even though I was weighing a lot. Secondly, I had to put aside my ego and mumble dialogues prepared by another person.”

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