‘I am constantly at loggerheads with people’
Farah Khan wears many hats. She is a choreographer, a director, and has also judged over 18 TV shows. Here, she talks about her love for the small screen, how motherhood has changed her, and more.
You seem to have an alternate career on TV. You have been part of multiple hit shows.
I sometimes think that making movies is my alternate career, and the actual one is being part of TV shows (laughs).
You are a straightforward person, but you still seem to get along with everyone in the film industry…
I am constantly at loggerheads with people. My problem is that if I am upset with someone, I show it. I don’t fake it. What you see is what you get. But I have to say, being a mother has changed me a lot. As much as people think I am a tiger on the sets, I am also empathetic to other people’s feelings. Now, since I am involved with my kids and my family, I get along with everyone. With experience, your priorities change. You realise that it is useless to waste time on other people, or to get upset with them. Life is too short [to hold a grudge].
When you first came on board as the judge of a reality TV show, did you think you would do many more?
Not at all. The first show I did was Indian Idol, in 2004. Anu Malik, Sonu Nigam and I were the judges, and we had no idea that the show will change the face of television in India. I feel grateful that I am offered big TV shows even today, and that people still want to see me on TV. I will soon be in the Guinness Book of World Records for having judged the maximum number of TV shows (laughs).
As much as people think I am a tiger on the sets, I am empathetic to other people’s feelings. FARAH KHAN, DIRECTOR
You will be seen with your good friend and film-maker Karan Johar on a reality TV show soon. Who is blunter among the two of you?
I am looking forward to it. I am going to enjoy spending time with Karan, since I don’t get to do so that much. Karan is blunter off-screen. He is really funny. He gets away with murder. He can insult me, mock my hairdo, my wardrobe, etc. But on camera, he says the right things. Karan is a fabulous judge and has the knack for saying the correct things. Unfortunately, I am different. What I am in person, I am on camera.
In the ’80s and the ’90s, it was essential for actresses to be able to dance well in a film. Is it that important today?
Not really, it is not that important. The trend is changing. Lip-sync songs are going out of fashion. There are only a handful of dance numbers coming out every year. The grand songs, which were mandatory in every film, are not seen often today. We have montages and background songs, which depict life in a more realistic fashion. This is a good trend, but it’s also sad because the song-and-dance routine was the Indian film industry’s calling card. We are giving that up. That is what modern cinema demands. Now, when we do those big dance numbers, we feel a little old-fashioned. So, when we do have them in a movie, we try to add something new, and shoot the song well.
Karan is blunter off-screen. He is really funny. He gets away with murder... But on camera, he says the right things. FARAH KHAN, DIRECTOR