She is the first woman choreographerturned- director to openly embrace the Manmohan Desai formula of masala films. Before she stepped in, women directors like Sai Paranjpye were known for sensitive and realistic films. Farah Khan made her film larger- than- life with all the quintessential Bollywood ingredients like the reincarnation theme, lost and found melodrama, the song- dance routine, action — the works and is unapologetic about it. Her next, Happy New Year brings her hit Om Shanti Om pair Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone together again after Chennai Express. Two years ago, Farah made her acting debut in Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi, which got her rave reviews. Her heart, however, lies in directing and she choreographs occasionally for close friends and brother Sajid Khan.