FARAH Khan now has a looka­like Karah Khan. She not only dresses like her, but can make stars dance to her tunes, per­haps plan a film with Shah Rukh Khan, mince no words and has no qualms about laugh­ing at her­self

The ace chore­og­ra­pher-film­maker is back on the small screen with a week­end dance and mu­sic show, Lip Sing Bat­tle. Karah hap­pens to be funny man Ali As­gar, who im­per­son­ates her. For starters, Karah wants to take over the show.

We are on the set of Lip Sing Bat­tle at Yash Raj Stu­dios, And­heri, where Khan has just packed off one more episode. She kicks off her killer heels and set­tles for flat, comfy footwear. “I am not a judge on the show, where you wear fancy dresses and sit, give marks and oc­ca­sion­ally get up to clap. I am the pre­sen­ter with Ali as the co-host. There’s lots more to do here. Co­or­di­nat­ing the guests which con­sists of Bol­ly­wood stars be­sides singers and sports folk. Mak­ing them let down their hair is no easy task. Also, the stars have to dance to other ac­tors’ tracks, not from their own films as they might be fa­mil­iar with the lyrics.”

Lip Sing Bat­tle’s con­cept is based on the Amer­i­can re­al­ity show, Lip Synch Bat­tle, which has celebri­ties bat­tle each other with lip sync per­for­mances. It was used on The Tonight Show Star­ring Jimmy Fal­lon be­fore it was de­vel­oped into a sep­a­rate show. But to suit the desi au­di­ence, it has been called Lip Sing Bat­tle. “The mak­ers felt peo­ple will say synch as sing, so they de­cided to change it.”

Hec­tic pace

Khan has shot for five episodes and the plan is to run it for 20 episodes. “By the end of it, I think I will have to get my­self ad­mit­ted to the Jin­dal na­ture cure in­sti­tute. I might just col­lapse. I have to con­stantly be on my toes.” Con­sid­er­ing that most guests are from the in­dus­try and are known to her, she’s thank­ful that she is not judg­ing them. “They would kill me if I gave them low scores.” Ar­jun Kapoor, Karan Jo­har, Pre­ity Zinta, Farhan Akhtar and Raveena Tan­don have al­ready shot for the show. She is hope­ful of get­ting Sunny Deol on board, know­ing his aver­sion to dance. “It will be fun to watch him.” She’s also rop­ing in buddy, ten­nis champ Sa­nia Mirza, be­sides crick­eters like Ir­fan Pathan and Yu­vraj Singh. “It is for peo­ple who want to have fun and do crazy stuff. They have to let them­selves go. I knew Farhan Akhtar had di­rected Shankar Ma­hade­van’s Breath­less video so I made him sing it. He was breath­less him­self af­ter the per­for­mance. We had kept oxy­gen ready for him.” She cites the case of Ar­jun Kapoor, who landed on the set to see Farhan re­hears­ing. “Ar­jun then de­cided to take two hours off to pre­pare for his act. The win­ner is de­cided by a stu­dio au­di­ence.”

String of shows

Khan has been on the tube since 2004 when she judged In­dian Idol. She has gone on to do sev­eral shows like Jha­lak Dikhhla Jaa, Nach Baliye, En­ter­tain­ment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karege and even a cook­ery show, Farah Ki Dawat. Khan com­bines her TV out­ings with films, but makes sure she spa­ces them out to en­sure she spends time with her triplets (Anya, Czar and Diva). “I am a mango, not a ba­nana. I pre­fer to take up sea­sonal of­fers. I al­ways give gaps be­tween new as­sign­ments,” says Khan, whose last di­rec­to­rial out­ing was Happy New Year (2014).

Lip Sing Bat­tle has made Khan re­alise that the in­dus­try needs fresh tal­ent. “When we cast for the show, there are only so many peo­ple we can choose from. We do need many more new faces in the in­dus­try.”

(Clock­wise)Farah Khan and Ali As­gar; Farhan Akhtar and Ar­jun Kapoor; Pari­neeti Cho­pra and Karan Jo­har; Pre­ity Zinta on the set of Lip Sing Bat­tle

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