Farah and Sania show their crack­ling chem­istry in Dubai

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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

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