Choreographer-filmmaker Farah Khan wasn’t happy to be told that one of the top 13 contestants of Just Dance, the dance reality show on Star Plus that she’s judging with choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant and actor Hrithik Roshan, has been glorifying the idea of dropping out of college.
“Irfan has spoken about the fact that he dropped out of college after failing a class thrice openly. But all three of us on the panel think that’s wrong because it’s glorifying a wrong idea and a lot of kids take a fancy to such concepts. I’ve been told that lots of parents who meet him on the roads or in public transport express their anger without any hesitation whatsoever,” says Farah.
When parents attack She adds, “I can understand where they come from because I’m a parent too. And I’d never like any of my kids to look at Irfan as an example in that sense. He’s a great dancer but quitting education mid-way is not right.” The mother of triplets, also a judge on the fourth season of Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega, admits that even she had dropped out of college but ensured that she went back and completed her education.
“My mother was very particular about my studies. She always pushed me to be the best and that helped me a lot. I dropped out of college at some point, but thankfully, I resumed because I realised the importance of being educated,” she says. “There are a handful of exceptional people in the world who make it big without completing their basic education. Everyone can’t do that and shouldn’t even think of quitting studies for the sake of their career.”
After many attempts, the judges managed to convince Irfan to go back to college after the show wraps up, regardless of whether he wins or loses. “Vaibhavi and I have screamed at him like school teachers. Hrithik has tried to be the sweet parent. He’s now promised us that he will complete his studies,” says Farah. “I’m sure he’ll pass out of college before pursuing his dance ambitions.”