Farah Khan brings clowns, fire-eaters and lingerie models for a grand fashion show being choreographed by her.
Buzz is that you are bringing a circus to town?
(Laughs) Well yes, the fashion show that I’m choreographing for a lingerie brand has a circus theme this year. There will be fire-eaters and clowns mingling with top American models. It will be a fun-filled, 25-minute, entertainment package.
Ever been to the circus?
Several times, I remember Apollo and Gemini Circus in particular. I loved the trapeze artistes. Today, as I’m trying to balance the responsibilities of a full-time career and a hands-on mommy, I feel I’m walking a tight rope too.
You’re gearing up for another reality show?
Yeah, but this one will be only for four-five weeks, on the lines of the Miss India contest and America’s Next Super Model. Hopefully, it’ll get us the glam girl we’re looking to cast opposite Akshay (Kumar) in my next film, Tees Maar Khan.
Wasn’t Katrina Kaif supposed to be doing the film earlier?
I’d love to work with Katrina. Honestly, we’ve still to decide whether to opt for an established name or a new face. If it’s the latter, we’ll go with the show.
But you have decided on Akshay Kumar as your lead actor and co-producer?
Yeah, I’m very comfortable with Akshay and Shirish (husband Shirish Kunder) even more. We had a script narration for the cast and crew recently and everyone agreed that Akshay was perfect for the role. I’ll be talking and discussing only the creative aspects of our movie with him though, Shirish will talk money and contract details.
Set for a dream then?
Nothing is ever a dream run. (Smiles) We have to be even more careful if we want to remain happily married. That is why Shirish and I spent long hours deciding what he can interfere with and what is out of bounds to him. I’m also clear about what’s my territory and what’s his.
Will your three babies be accompanying you to the sets?
Sure, may I’ll even put them at the end of the movie when the credits roll. Our banner is after all called Three’s Company. And they are our lucky mascots.
Shah Rukh Khan has been quoted saying that Tees Maar Khan was offered to him three years ago. He however feels that you should direct the film and Shirish should produce it.
I refuse to believe he said that. Besides, the script was written only a year ago. Shah Rukh and I have discussed this film and he’s told me that Red Chillies is ready to extend whatever help I need.
But you have fallen out with him?
Shah Rukh and I love each other too much to ever fall out.
After living with Happy New Year for so long won’t this year-long break lead to a waning of interest in the project?
No, it won’t. I’ll use the time to take a fresh look at Happy New Year, modernise it a bit.
You’ve already set a deadline for Tees Maar Khan, December 25, 2010.
Christmas is a good week for a movie release. It will go on the sets by March and wrap up by August. Few months on post-production, we could even release it before December. Ideally, a film is in production for about nine months, that’s how long it takes to deliver a baby too. Shirish is set to announce his second film as director early next year.
Will you be producing it?
I’m an emotional fool and bad at business. Shirish enjoys talking money and striking deals. Tees Maar Khan will give him the experience he needs. There is no need for me to produce his film for him.