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, I am not even choreographing that much now. I only do it for friends or family like I did for Chennai Express and Himmatwala," she says.
Talking about her equations in the industry, she agrees that it’s a fickle place. "But it’s alright. I know who my friends are and I keep them close. The rest don’t matter, so I don’t care what people talk about anything. I think we all have become immune to it."
As for balancing motherhood with films, and TV, she says that while her children are top priority, her heart lies in filmmaking. "I think I will dance even while making films so dance is ingrained, but I enjoy filmmaking the most."
So why the long gaps between her films then? "It is the way I like. I don’t want to churn out one or two films every year like a factory. I want every film to be special as I put my heart and soul into it. I don’t do it for money," shares Farah.
Ask her about her birthday plans for the day and she reveals that while lunch is a free-for-all affair and everyone’s invited, the dinner will be a private one with hubby Shirish. "I planned to bring in my birthday last night with my games group, playing and fighting like we do every few months. But I hope Shirish will take me for a nice romantic dinner tonight," she smiles.
SRK to sport new look for Farah’s next!
Farah Khan has revealed that Shah Rukh Khan will be going for a distinctly new look for her film Happy New Year. "Post-Chennai Express, we will only begin work after 20 days, as Shah Rukh will need to work on his look. Though I can’t reveal any details about the look, but it will be a new look for sure," she says.