‘Our au­di­ence has evolved’

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Af­ter re­gal­ing the au­di­ence with sev­eral song and dance se­quences in her larger-than-life movies, film­maker-chore­og­ra­pher Farah Khan (right) is not happy that peo­ple nowa­days tend to look down upon such rou­tines in Hindi cinema.

Ev­i­dently, in the re­cent re­leases, like Pho­bia, Akira and even in the ac­tor Shah Rukh Khan-star­rer Dear Zindagi, song and dance se­quences seem to be fad­ing away. Farah, who has chore­ographed more than 100 songs in over 80 Hindi films, says, “In a way, I feel sad that peo­ple tend to look down upon our song-and-dance (se­quences) be­cause I gen­uinely be­lieve those are what make Bol­ly­wood what it is inter na­tion­ally,”

“That is our forte and that is our strength. That we have mu­sic in our movies and we have songs and cel­e­brate danc­ing,” the 51-year-old adds.

Farah, who has chore­ographed leg­endary ac­tor Jackie Chan in the Sino-In­dian film Kung Fu Yoga, says that if these el­e­ments dis­ap­pear, Hol­ly­wood will take over.

Farah has been a part of the in­dus­try for over two decades and she be­gan as a chore­og­ra­pher and ven­tured into di­rec­tion in 2004 with the film Main Hoon Na, star­ring ac­tor Shah Rukh Khan. She says: “Our au­di­ence has evolved. And, yes, there are a lot of films to­day that I don’t think 10 years ago would have done well or got made.” But she is happy that the au­di­ence is want­ing new things.

PHOTO: VIDYA SUBRA­MA­NIAN/HT

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