‘Replacing Salman on Bigg Boss signalled women’s empowerment’

The fact that she has     stepped into the     shoes of one of Bollywood’s Khans to host “Bigg Boss Halla Bol”, is a sign of women’s empower-ment, says filmmaker Farah Khan.The “Dabangg” star Salman Khan handed over the baton of hosting “Bigg Boss Halla Bol”, an exten-sion of “Bigg Boss 8” to Farah.
“I think a lot of people are undermining the fact that a woman replaced one of the biggest stars of the industry. It says something for women empowerment,” Farah told IANS over phone from Lonavla, where the “Bigg Boss” set has been housing celebrity contes-tants since four months.
In the new series, which concludes later Saturday night, five challengers from the previous seasons of the show were pitted against the top five champions of “Bigg Boss 8”.
Farah, who, with her movies like “Main Hoon Naa”, “Om Shanti Om” and “Happy New Year”, broke the myth that a woman can’t helm masala movies, says she added her own style and charisma while hosting the Colors’ show.
“I’m relieved with the response. There were some apprehensions, which were not from my side, but yes I think it was big shoes to fill in. I’m glad that all’s well that ends well. I think my style of hosting was different from Salman. I don’t think one can draw any comparisons. He is a fabulous host and that was his take, but I did it in my own way,” she added. The filmmaker, who has judged TV shows like “Dance India Dance-Super-moms” and “Nach Baliye” in the past, also mentioned that she entered the show with a blank canvas to avoid being Salman’s reflection.
“There was no point in doing what he did, then I would have fallen flat on my face. I was myself and thou-ght to do it as a class teac-her with humour, like giving them advice when they need it, but I didn’t intimi-date them,” she added. (IANS)

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