Generations of leading ladies in Bollywood have romanced their heroes on screen in spite of being married. And for the most part, the husbands have managed to accept the fact. But as choreographer-turned-filmmaker Farah Khan makes her acting debut, husband Shirish Kunder seems to have qualms about seeing his dear wife romancing another man on screen.
Farah is paired with Boman Irani in producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film, Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi. But Farah says that husband Shirish may not be prepared to watch the film:
"He is not someone who would like seeing his wife holding someone else’s hand, and I am not pushing him for that either," says Farah. Such love, we say. Even though it comes at the price of missing his wife’s acting debut.
And this comes after Shirish himself egged Farah on to take up the acting project. "When they (the filmmakers) approached me, I thought it was for a dance sequence, but I was stunned to hear that they wanted me for the female lead. I almost rejected the offer, but Shirish said if I did it well, it would be another feather in my cap," says Farah.
Ask her if it was difficult playing Shirin, a character who is apparently quite unlike herself, and she replies, "Shirin is a very emotional person, and I was wondering if I could pull that off. I had to channel some deep, pent-up emotion."