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‘I won’t make a film without Shah Rukh again’

Discussion in 'Shah Rukh Khan Dhamaal' started by SharlaJ, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. SharlaJ

    SharlaJ Well-Known Member

    ‘I won’t make a film without Shah Rukh again’
    Written by Dipti Nagpaul | January 16, 2014 11:26

    With the first look of Happy New Year having received tremendous response,
    Farah Khan talks about her choice of genres and her friendship with Shah Rukh Khan.

    Farah Khan talks about her choice of genres and her friendship with
    Shah Rukh Khan.

    It’s the day before the crew of Happy New Year begins shooting the fifth schedule of the film and chaos reigns in the Red Chillies office in Mumbai. Farah Khan has just walked in after the New Year break and every member is vying for her attention. Actor Vivaan Shah is in the house for costume trials, eyeing the black-and-florescent outfit suspiciously while Boman Irani, also due for costume trials, is awaited. “Why isn’t Boman in yet? I’ve made a mistake casting him. On the sets I’m slogging to make the film while he is busy charming the girls in my crew,” says Farah. But the director’s tone, with no more than a hint of annoyance, gives away her evident fondness for Irani.

    Anyone who has been in the film industry for longer than five years will say that Farah — famous for being short tempered and caustic — has since mellowed down. The feisty director doesn’t deny it either, she instead smiles and says, “It’s my children. Now I think three times before I say anything that can be perceived as rude to anyone.” However, she is also quick to add that the change in demeanour does not imply that she won’t be as brutally honest as she earlier was. “I still call a spade a spade, only now I
    do so a
    little differently.”

    The quicksilver temper and acid tongue is what, says Farah, has also got her this far in the industry because “then in the long run, people know you won’t bullshit them”. The goodwill the choreographer-director enjoys is evident in the casting of her films where she often manages to bring together an ensemble of stars, case in point being her latest, with Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Irani, Shah and Deepika Padukone in key roles. “Every time I make a film, I think the next will be a small film with just two people, perhaps a love story. But then my masala sensibilities get the better of me each time,” she says, with a laugh.

    The director says she enjoys thrillers, especially capers but confesses that her USP is the drama in her films. “Revenge drama was at the heart of both Main Hoon Na (2004) as well as Om Shanti Om (2007),” she points out, and believes that it’s the lack of this factor that resulted in the debacle of the comic caper Tees Maar Khan (2010), which she last directed. “Besides, it wasn’t my script, but I still believe it was funny. I failed at executing it well,” she says. The industry, however, believes that casting may have played a role too — unlike her earlier films with good friend Shah Rukh in the lead, Tees Maar Khan had Akshay Kumar. It was the period when Farah and Shah Rukh had fallen out.

    The two, however, have since patched up following Shah Rukh’s public fracas with Farah’s husband Shirish Kunder, and Red Chillies is now producing Happy New Year. “Sometimes you need to fall out with your best friend to know how much you actually value them. That is what happened with both Shah Rukh and me. Now I cannot ever imagine making a film without him,” she muses, adding, “We became friends on the sets of Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1994). We share our sense of humour, working hard and also the addiction to games.”

    In keeping with her preference for genres, Happy New Year is a heist film, but one with a huge dose of music and dance — an element that the team has not yet unveiled in the first look of the film. So, the poster, released on January 2, shows the cast against the backdrop of a massive locker that they may have broken into. “The first look was unveiled early because this is the only New Year we had. And we opted for January 2 over the first day of 2014 because we knew everyone, including us, would be too hungover to even glance at the poster,” says the director, laughing out loud. The digital poster, with the graphic novel finish, however, has received tremendous response with over 10 billion people having accessed the official Twitter handle of the film.

    Amid the hustle and bustle of making a film, Farah seems at peace. Although she continues to choreograph occasionally, the 49-year-old would prefer to give it up entirely now. “I’d much rather do films or judge television shows where I can make big bucks without having to worry about the production,” she explains. Farah isn’t too keen to attempt acting again — after her debut in Shirin Farhad Ki Nikal Padi opposite Irani failed to impress. “But
    I got to understand the insecurities of actors, what they go through and how they may feel because nothing is in their hand. The experience helped me become a better filmmaker,” she says.

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  2. rollercoast

    rollercoast Zindagi

    Nice article, but seriously - 10 billion people? :suspicious: everyone in the whole world plus some? :lol:
    So good to see such positive media support for the movie. :D
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  3. Krisi_love_SRK

    Krisi_love_SRK Well-Known Member

    If I was movie director will work only with him:D
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  4. mo0on-light

    mo0on-light SRK FAN nO1

    Off course farah will not made the same mistake as befor with akshy kumar and it become flop but she know if she work wiht our king srk her movies will never be flops at all
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  5. KKhan

    KKhan Well-Known Member

    cant wait for happy new year good to see all is well
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  6. starstar

    starstar People are not perfect (except when they smile)

    "unlike her earlier films with good friend Shah Rukh in the lead, Tees Maar Khan had Akshay Kumar"

    Well, I am happy that Farah came back to her senses after that this slight "wrong-doing" and that she lerned her lesson :evil:
    Just kidding, this is just the devilish side of me which isn't able to shut up :censored:

    Seriously speaking, at the time of Tees Maar Khan's realease, it was a big disappointement to me
    (and I guess, I am not speaking only for myself here - that Farah cast another actor than Shahrukh as the main character of her film.
    And, obviousely, I couldn't bear the fact that Farah and Shahrukh had fallen out.

    It a true relief and happiness that they have ultimately patched up.
    As cheesy as it may sound, I truly hope that their friendship will last for the many years to come.

    Farah is so right when she says that “Sometimes you need to fall out with your best friend to know how much you actually value them"
    The most important is that Shahrukh and her finally understood the true depth of their friendship.

    I didn't even know that their friendship started way back in 1993, at the time oh Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa.
    Twenty years of friendship is very impressive. I really am taken aback and amazed.

    Wishing all the best to Happy New Year. The first look of the film makes me even more excited about it.
    Really looking forward to it :)
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2014
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  7. yummy

    yummy Fan girl since Fauji.

    I read it more like, 'I made a mistake leaving Shahrukh prematurely. I should have created a bigger brand for myself using Shahrukh and then started work with other actors like what Karan is doing now. I regret the mistake and I hope to recreate Farah Khan brand using Shahrukh again'....

    They do make a great pair, matching sense of humor. Hope HNY proves to be a comeback for Farah ...
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  8. rollercoast

    rollercoast Zindagi

    @yummy I think you're quite right. Can't blame her though - if she didn't do a fast backtrack on their relationship she may well be throwing away her whole (successful) career as a director (doesn't mean we have to like her. :rolleyes: )

    Interesting that the quote from her "Now I cannot ever imagine making a film without him" is different to the title of the article "I won’t make a film without Shah Rukh again". If she stuck to the latter and He happened to be busy every year......:rolleyes:
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  9. yummy

    yummy Fan girl since Fauji.

    Her interview before TMK release, she said she was fed up of people telling her she is what she is because of Shahrukh. She wanted to prove herself outside Shahrukh too. That was the reason behind the split. Not because of Shahrukh delaying HNY. She wanted to be out Shahrukh's shadows.
    The interview is there in planetsrk too...
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  10. rubyroo

    rubyroo Art student. Inspired by him.

    Personally I like Farah- she is amusing, intelligent, and creative. (Like Shah Rukh!) I love her movies with Shah Rukh. I don't see a need to analyze the ups and downs of their relationship. It's a personal thing between them and something only those who know them well can understand anyway. I will be happy to see their new movie and I don't care whether they make more together after that. No matter who he makes movies with I will most likely find at least something to like about them as usual! I'm not hard to please when it comes to his movies. His presence in them is enough for me. As for Farah not making movies without him in future I'd be kind of surprised if she actually limits herself that way. I'm sure she said what she said because she is truly enjoying working with him again. They are having a lot of fun. It bodes well for the movie.
  11. rollercoast

    rollercoast Zindagi

    @rubyroo I feel their relationship is as legitimate to discuss here as anything else. It's interesting, it's in the news, its very relevant to srk's life and career and our discussion of it affects no-one. I don't see the problem. Not liking the woman doesn't mean not liking the film.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2014
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  12. rubyroo

    rubyroo Art student. Inspired by him.

    I don't see a problem either. I didn't mean to criticize I was just giving my perspective. (Sorry if I worded my comment in a way that sounded critical,) I'm sure there are many reasons why people might not like Farah. And I am interested to read what other people think about almost anything regarding Shah Rukh! As long as they are nice things...
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  13. luxia

    luxia I'm demented...

    They've included the future generations of srk's fans :p
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  14. rubyroo

    rubyroo Art student. Inspired by him.

    And ones from the past. A lifetime achievement of fans.
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  15. rollercoast

    rollercoast Zindagi

    :pound: Then it will be a lot more than 10 billion! :D

    .... and He's going to live till 2062? :lol: (just checked - estimate of when world population will hit 10 billion)

    Otherwise, 3 billion people have 2 twitter accounts?
    There are 3 billion tweeting aliens visiting earth?
  16. Pompula

    Pompula Shahrukh Fan-Girl

    I can understand her not wanting to do a film without Shahrukh, but I also think in the future she might change her mind again... How many times did Karan say in the past he would never make a film without SRK? And now he 's done it and I guess will do in the future also.
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  17. rollercoast

    rollercoast Zindagi

    As they should! Can you imagine an industry where people are virtually contracted to certain others by friendship? Everyone would be sitting around waiting for everyone else.
    Srk says He works like that, but he doesn't stick to it exclusively and he does have a pretty big pool of 'friends' to choose from.
  18. rubyroo

    rubyroo Art student. Inspired by him.

    Well he deserves 10 billion fans anyway.
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  19. yummy

    yummy Fan girl since Fauji.

    Ideally that should be the case. No one should be bound to each other. YRF giving bigger commercial projects to Aamir/Salman etc shouldn't be a problem for us Shahrukh fans. However, since Shahrukh gives preference to friends, its kind of acceptable to expect the same from friends. I refer to Vidhu Vinod Chopra saying Shahrukh was ready to sign 'Mission Kashmir' but opted for 'Mohabattein' as soon as Yash/Aditya Chopra's called him. Chopra's gave him a role which will help launch their son. Its kinda selfish if one thinks deeply. And I prefer Mission Kashmir as a film technically, purely out of merit. Offered great scope for Shahrukh.

    However, I totally 100% agree that Shahrukh preferring to work with his pool of friends is entirely his choice. Even the recent Raes and Fan are with production house of friends. In the last 10 years, every film except Swades, has been round robin between his production house, YRF, Dharma, Excel .... But, as someone argued with me on another thread, he might have his own reasons.
  20. starstar

    starstar People are not perfect (except when they smile)

    I can totally understand Farah's need to prove herself without necessarily teaming up with Shahrukh.
    But the thing is, I'm so fond of their friendship and I am so used to the fact that she casts Shahrukh as the main actor in
    her movies, that it is difficult for me to accept to watch a film directed by Farah without Shahrukh in it.

    I know I am a little narrow-minded as far as this matter is concerned and I have to work on it in order to accept it.

    I actually like Farah as a director and also as a person. So I wish her all the best whether the films she will direct in the future will have
    Shahrukh in them or not.
    Today, she's saying that "she cannot ever imagine making a film without Shahrukh” But, who knows, she may decide otherwise in the times to come.
    And after all, she has every right to do so. It will be her decision
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2014
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