Farah Khan hasn’t directed a film since Happy New Year (2014), and looks like she isn’t going to do a film during the ongoing pandemic. The filmmaker-choreographer says he finds it pointless to announce new projects when last year’s films are yet to release and there is no clarity on when theaters will reopen.
She recently told News18 during an interaction, “I have decided that the day I start shooting, I will announce the film. Because you announce and then something happens, or you don’t announce and the press leaks it, and then it’s like hey this was happening, then it didn’t. Even now when I see people announcing films – next Diwali is coming, next year is coming – where are they coming? When will theaters open? I feel silly right now that you keep making announcements, but what about last year’s films that haven’t released yet?”
She has been making ad films in the meantime, and has been very busy shooting since the lockdown rules were relaxed last year. She is also shooting at home with the help of her three children.
“I have been directing a lot of commercials since last year, at least 12-15 of them. I have also done a lot of digital shoots at home. My kids have become very good at all of this as they shoot, So it’s become a part of filmmaking for him. He has worked with me on ad shoots, earned his money and actually paid for his school fees this year,” Farah says with her trademark wit. .
He is happy being able to shoot from home, as going on sets during the pandemic has its own perils. “Once you go on the sets, the danger is that you forget that there is a Covid. Everything returns to normal in 1-2 hours. You always have to keep in your mind that you are going to wear a mask, that you cannot lower your guard. You can’t go hugging and kissing people and sitting with them in meetings, etc,” he says.
Farah is one of the most popular judges on reality shows, and this time she is evaluating digital creators online for a contest on Roposo, a short video platform. She, along with two judges, Neha Dhupia and Mukesh Chhabra, are advising contestants for the #MadeOnRoposo talent hunt and deciding winners in the finale on YouTube on June 25.
“It was very interesting and instructive to see what material they had created. The good thing was that the competition was not limited to singing and dancing, they had almost every class possible. Food, acting, comedy, fitness, fashion, lifestyle, yoga – it can be anything. They basically have five broad categories that put all these talents together. We are getting such good content because there are so many people in small towns, villages, who cannot come to the metropolis to participate in big reality shows. All they need is a phone to connect with such platforms,” she says.
From Indian Idol to Nach Baliye, Farah has been a judge on various TV shows for many years. Ask her how she still finds the work interesting, and she says, “I take it as a blessing that it took the ragaw-ing and wear and tear to be in the industry for 30 years and build a certain brand for myself.” -ing. Something stands for integrity and work ethic. When I’m judging, I’m also learning a lot from them. When you see people doing new kinds of things, it blows your mind Opens up what is happening in our country.”
“Last year in my 29th year as a choreographer, I won a Filmfare Award for a song that is probably unlike any other song I’ve ever done. It was nothing like a Bollywood number, and only you can do that. are when you get acquainted with the times,” she adds.
Do you wish you had these social media platforms and these opportunities when starting out? Farah replies, “It is a double-edged sword. It’s definitely a way to go fast, but I’m glad we learned it on the job. We made our mistakes, but never got trolled. Over the past 10 years, you’ve had to be careful what you say and how you look. We got a kind of freedom which people probably don’t have now. My kids can’t have it. I might have worked 10 times harder, but it has made me 10 times stronger now.”
Last year, Farah posted a video on social media aimed at people flaunting their privilege, while thousands were suffering in the country. But this year during the second wave of Covid, it has taken a calmer approach.
“Last year the lockdown happened suddenly. And one tragedy after another happened. Be it migrants, pregnant women walking on railway tracks, families dying on tracks… that was all I was getting and that’s why I was furious. This year I have decided to live and let live, do whatever you want to do. I don’t need to be the social media cop,” she signs off.