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The umbilical bond

chandigarh Updated: Nov 01, 2012 10:51 IST
Navleen Lakhi
Navleen Lakhi
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Constantly bullying one another, even when in public, and throwing jibes at each other is perhaps what Farah and Sajid Khan enjoy most. Primarily filmmakers, Farah and Sajid have taken on various other mantles in their professional lives. At Mumbai’s ITC Grand Hyat for the promotion of a newly started TV soap on Star Plus, Veera — Ek Anokhi Ma, they talk about their love for each other, Akshay’s decision to not promote Joker and Sajid’s fixation with animals in his films.

About her younger brother, she says, “Sajid and I have been each other’s support pillars during our turbulent childhood years (alludes to their parents’ divorce). Our love and support for each other acted as a vital element that helped us reach the pinnacle of success.”

The same goes for their ‘professional’ bond, insists she. “We are both film buffs. When Sajid makes a film, I always believe it will do well. There is no feeling of competition in us. While choreographing songs for his movie, I also get to spend time with him, which is an add-on,” smiles Farah, who started out as a dance choreographer, later graduated to a successful director, and recently turned actor with the film, Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi. The mother of three says, “I have never thought of myself as an actor. Though it was a really sweet movie, but ab acting ka keeda nikal gaya hai (the urge to act is out of my system). I’m not used to sitting on the sets, whereas an actor has to do that.”

However, Farah seems to have taken an actor’s necessity to look good seriously, given her lighter profile. She says candidly, “After watching the film, I realised the need to lose weight and managed to shed 11 kg. But I have done this for myself and feel confident. I can now buy clothes I like, even though in large sizes.”

Now that we know Farah doesn’t mind talking, we ask her how she felt when actor Akshay Kumar refused to promote her husband Shirish Kunder’s film, Joker, earlier this year. “Akshay was wrong in not promoting Joker. I’m sure he hasn’t done a film like Mughal-e-Azam before doing Joker. I was really saddened by this act of his. If you are a part of a movie, then you should promote it,” she says.

Junior Khan may also be termed ‘possessive’ Khan, when he talks of his love for Farah. “I’m five years younger to her, but at a point, I used to act like her elder brother. I didn’t want my sister to travel alone at night, so I accompanied her everywhere she went,” he reminisces. Sajid is now looking forward to his much-hyped Himmatwala, a remake of the popular 1983 film that starred Jeetendra and Sridevi.

Starring Ajay Devgn and south Indian actress Tamannaah, Sajid says about his film, “As was the case with my previous films, I will make a complete entertainer. I have already proved that with Heyy Babyy, Housefull and Housefull-2. You will also see Ajay trying different dance moves. I created a huge set in Hyderabad for the film, but went to Mauritius to shoot a scene with a tiger, since it’s not allowed in India. I try to include animals in all my movies. That’s why they do well, as kids love animals.”