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Big boss Farah’s a cut above

Farah does agree that she’s different from her male counterparts “perhaps not in directorial skills but definitely in organisational abilities”. Veenu Sandhu tells us more.

entertainment Updated: Dec 09, 2007 00:25 IST
Veenu Sandhu

Director-choreographer Farah Khan would rather not be called a “woman so-and-so”. “I’m a choreographer, and a director. That I’m a woman too is incidental,” says Farah, who was, incidentally, the first woman director to be nominated for the Filmfare Best Director Award. But she does agree that she’s different from her male counterparts “perhaps not in directorial skills but definitely in organisational abilities”.

Her shoots have great detailing and a woman’s touch all over. “I do make an extra effort to put flowers and fruits in the actor’s van,” says Farah. That, she says, could qualify as a “woman thing” to do. “Or blaming my temper on PMS,” she laughs. “Or coping with morning sickness while shooting a funky number like Dard-e-disco.” She did a lot of that during her recent project, Om Shanti Om, being touted as India’s biggest grosser ever.

Between shoots, Farah, who is expecting triplets in February, was going for checkups, at times taking four injections and then returning cheerfully to the sets. “How many men can boast of that?” she asks adding that women have more pain tolerance. “There I was making this hot man (Shah Rukh Khan) throwing open his shirt to show off his six-pack abs and then promptly running off to puke,” she laughs.

Besides the on-screen romance between Shah Rukh and Deepika Padukone, Farah sensed another romance brewing behind the scenes between two of her assistant directors. “But friendly as I am, they’ve been hiding it from me,” she says. In doing so, they’ve placed her where she belongs in the boss’s chair. While filming is a whole lot of fun for the entire crew, Farah makes no bones about who’s the boss. That’s the reason why getting work out of people has never been a problem. “When it comes to taking orders,” Farah says, “the Indian film industry doesn’t care whether you are a man, a woman or a eunuch, as long as you deliver”.