MUMBAI: Farah Khan unwittingly lets out that she has done Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi for free.
“No money has been discussed. No contract has ben drawn up. Sanjay and I are just working together because we’re friends. He was so encouraging. I was scared to look at myself on the monitor. Sanjay would drag me to see the rushes. In fact after I saw the full film recently I rushed to a doctor’s clinic for a tummy tuck. I looked so fat! At 3pm the trial ended. At 4pm I was at the doctor’s clinic. And now when he says I’ve given a brilliant performance in Shirin Farhad … I feel like one of his heroines, right up there with Manisha Koirala, Madhu Dixit and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. If it’s an acting assignment from Sanjay Bhansali, I don’t mind. If he wants me to do Ram Leela I am game. Is the heroine’s post still vacant?”
At the moment Farah is neck-deep in her promotions of her new film Shirin Farah Ki Toh Nikal Padi. As we spoke she received a call from her producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali that there would be a preview of the film on Thursday evening.
Harrowed with overwork Farah cribs, “We were not supposed to have a preview screening. Now I suddenly have 24 hours’ notice from my dear producer to invite all my friends. I am not even in Mumbai. Who will come at such a short notice? And I’ve nothing to wear. I am expected to change three times a day for three events, or else the media will print ‘same-to-same’ pictures. I am also, for some strange reason expected to perform dance steps at events to promote my film. But you know what? I’d do anything for Sanjay and the film.”
Farah has also done a cameo in her husband Shirish Kunder’s Joker. “And as luck would have it, Joker is releasing a week after Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi. So I’m promoting my own film and my husband’s film. That too is my own baby, no?”
In Joker Farah plays herself. “I play choreographer Farah Khan who comes to the fictional town of Pagalpur to shoot a song. I’ve played myself earlier in my own Main Hoon Na in one shot with the end-titles and also in Milap Jhaveri’s Jaane Kahan Se Aayee Hai. Technically that’s not acting. So all the awards’ jury who would want to disqualify me for the best debutante’s award, please note Shirin Farhad… is my actual acting debut.”
It is also likely to be Farah’s only acting assignment. “No more acting for me. I don’t see myself flooded with acting offers. I don’t see producers running after me with fat signing amounts. Nor do I see myself lathering myself with Lux beauty soap in a bath tub after my film releases. Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi is going to be my only film as an actress. I’ve too much on the plate to give time to acting. My three kids need me more than anyone else. Every time I’ve to wrench myself away my children for shooting my heart breaks. Luckily I am taking them with me to Hyderabad when I shoot the Himmatwala song.”