It’s a wrap for Bela Sehgal’s Shirin Farhad Ki Nikal Padi! Only a song for the film’s promotional video needs to be shot in June, but otherwise, Farah Khan’s Bollywood debut as an actor is in the cans. “Sanjay (producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali) was keen we watch the movie together and we laughed through it. He’s ecstatic, but I’m more critical. Still, I won’t be embarrassed by it and won’t have to skip town as I’d thought. But this will be the first and last movie I’ll act in,” insists the choreographer-turned-director-turned-actor.
Farah admits that like Shirin, she too is independent and was a spinster till 40, but her reel-life leading lady is sweeter. Her love story also is very different from Shirish Kunder and her own whirlwind romance: “I started out not liking Shirish, an oddball and chit of an editor always passing caustic comments on my work. But once we got talking, I realised he’s intelligent, knows his job and isn’t afraid to speak the truth. For Shirin, Farhad’s love is all sugar, for us it was more salt.”
She admits waiting on the set for a shot was tedious, because being the heroine she had to sit pretty and play Trivial Pursuit with co-star Boman Irani. Crying, surprisingly, was easy. “I didn’t need glycerine, I only had to revisit dark memories of my father’s death, and the tears would flow,” she says.
The film was launched on Boman’s birthday last year on December 2. And Farah admits that romancing Farhad was a breeze. “I only had to think of my son Czar and my eyes would glisten and my face, soften. I love my daughters, Diva and Anya, too, but since Boman is a guy, Czar was an apt choice,” she reasons. Couldn’t you think of Shirish? Farah laughs, “Once you have kids, they are your world, but I love my Farhad too.”