Farah and Sania show their crackling chemistry in Dubai
DESPITE WORKING IN different industries, tennis star Sania Mirza and Bollywood director Farah Khan have been close friends for over a decade now. “We have known each other for 11 years. I am a person who can’t dance to save her life and she’s one who cannot run or do any sports activity,” said Sania while describing her friendship with Farah.
The duo were in Dubai to inaugurate fashion and lifestyle pop-up The Label Trunk which was created by Sania’s sister Anam Mirza with partner and entrepreneur Akbar Rasheed, at Weslodge in JW Marriot Marquis Hotel, on Monday.
Recalling their early days of friendship, Farah said, “I wanted Sania for a show, but she couldn’t come for it. However, we stayed in touch over the phone. Then, the next time she came to Mumbai, we met up. She came over to my house and it felt like we were old friends. I am very old, but it felt like we knew each other for long.”
While both ladies are bonafide superstars and icons in their respective fields, we were left wanting for more when asked what they felt about women talking about sexual assaults these days. “There should be a point to talk about it. Something concrete should come out of it. It can also be dangerous because anyone can get up and talk without any proof and then it is trial by media,” Farah said.
“It is a double-edged sword and you have to be extremely careful. I am saying you have to be careful because if you don’t like a man, you can get up and say whatever you want about that man and his life is destroyed. And nobody is wanting any proof or anything,” she added.
Sania gave a more rounded
I can see things changing every day. Bollywood is not away from the world. It is not a separate world of its own. Normal people work in Bollywood.” Farah Khan
perspective, “Sexism exists in the world. It exists in every field. We do live in a man’s world. Women do know that it is a man’s world. It is very difficult in life to succeed whether you are a man or woman but it is a little bit more difficult if you are a woman, for various reasons. You can call it sexism or the way things work in the world or call it the way of life. But it’s changing. I can talk about amazing athletes in our countries who are superstars, and they are female sports superstars. Outside of cricket,
all the name of sports people that come to our minds are that of P.V. Sindhu, Mary Kom, Mithali Raj etc. They are all amazing woman achievers,” Sania said.
Farah couldn’t agree less. “I can see things changing every day. Bollywood is not away from the world. It is not a separate world of its own. Normal people work in Bollywood. If you see old movies, women’s role was limited to long-suffering ones. Then it changes. Movies are a reflection of life and not vice versa,” she said.
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and Bollywood filmmaker Farah Khan have been friends for the past 11 years