Justifying a film’s big budget is also a task: Farah Khan

From her debut in Bollywood as a choreographer with the film Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar to her first success as a film director with the Shah Rukh Khan-Sushmita Sen starrer Main Hoon Naa and becoming the judge of one of hit reality show Indian Idol, Farah Khan has made her presence felt in every medium she has stepped into.
Now that she is hosting a quiz show for a mobile app and gearing up to direct a new film, Farah says, although getting big budget as a female filmmaker is not a struggle for her anymore, she feels the pressure to justify every opportunity.
When she made her directorial debut in 2004 with Main Hoon Na, there were not many female filmmakers.
“I think with success, things change around us and when I started directing films, mainstream Bollywood was dominated by male film directors. So, making space as a female director, getting a budget to make a film the way we wanted it to be, was tough. Not that it is very easy these days, but the success of Main Hoon Naa, things changed for women filmmakers,” Farah told IANS, talking about the changing trend in the entertainment business.
“I would like to believe that the glass ceiling has been been broken with the success of that film in mainstream. Young female filmmakers are finding their voice,” she said.
Farah continued: “I have a different kind of pressure because the audience expects fun, entertaining, larger-than-life films from me. They want to come and have a good time. Now I get a good budget to make a film, and that is why I have pressure to justify the budget. So, a filmmaker is never out of pressure when making a film. In my next film, I am working with Rohit (Shetty), and he is known for producing big-budget films. As director of the film, I have to make it bigger than ever,” said the maker of Happy New Year. Farah has choreographed iconic songs such as Chaiyya chaiyya, Woh ladki hai kahaan, Sheila ki jawani among others.
On television, Farah has hosted several shows including Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega, Bigg Boss Halla Bol and Farah Ki Dawat. (IANS)

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