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Farah Khan: Friendship With Shah Rukh Khan is Stronger Than Ever

Discussion in 'Happy New Year' started by K, Sep 26, 2014.

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    New Delhi — Farah Khan and Shah Rukh Khan’s friendship has withstood a major fight and the director, who is back with the actor for their third film “Happy New Year,” says they have learned not to take each other for granted anymore.

    Farah, 49, and Shah Rukh gave hits like “Main Hoon Na” and “Om Shanti Om,” but their friendship suffered in 2012 when the actor and Farah’s husband Shirish Kunder were involved in a fight at a party hosted by Sanjay Dutt. They, however, patched up soon and Farah decided to move ahead with her long-gestating project “Happy New Year” with Shah Rukh.

    The film, also starring Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah, is slated to release Oct. 24 and Farah promises that it is their best work so far.

    "This is the best phase of SRK and me as an actor and director. I think we don’t take each other for granted anymore. When you lose a friendship like that, you realize the worth of it.

    "So, when you get it back, you are grateful. We now talk about everything. We don’t let rumors affect us. There is no more stuff like ‘this one said that and the other one said this.’ We talk it out. You will see this magic in ‘Happy New Year,’" Farah said.

    In between “Om Shanti Om” and “Happy New Year,” Farah’s third directorial venture “Tees Maar Khan” with Akshay Kumar did not work at the box office. Farah says the film taught her a lot.

    "It is true that failure is the best teacher. Success gives you a high and you feel that you can’t do anything wrong. But failure forces you to take stock. I have realized that I will not make films in a rush. A script will take at least two years. Even mediocre films by others work, but this does not happen with me. Somehow, people expect quality from me," said Farah.

    The director, however, is not worried about the box-office fate of “Happy New Year” at a time when it is important for a superstar’s film to cross Rs. 100 crore at the box office in order to be declared a hit.

    "We are taking a free fall with this film. Everything is bigger, be it the star cast, scale or the story. Nothing is small in our frame. I am hoping that if anything happens, Shah Rukh will catch me and I will be there for him," she joked.

    Farah, a self-confessed fan of mainstream Bollywood movies, however, does not like being termed a commercial filmmaker.

    "There are only two kinds of films — good or bad. It can be a commercial film and still be good while an art film can also be bad. I am happy that people separate my films from others. There are many films today where it would be difficult for you to recognize the name of the director if you remove the name. They look similar and somehow also work at the box office. I am happy that people recognize my films," she said.

    Farah, who is currently in the U.S. with “Slam! The Tour” with the star cast of her film, wants to take six months off after the release of the musical heist drama.

    "People have started asking me about my next, but I have to run my house and be a mother to my children, too. I am thinking about taking six months off with my children and Shirish after “Happy New Year” releases,” said the filmmaker.

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