‘I am con­stantly at log­ger­heads with peo­ple’

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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

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