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Farah Khan Kunder: This year I am planning to direct a film

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Farah Khan Kunder wears many hats — she is a director, producer, and a National Award-winning choreographer. She also can be seen on the small screen either hosting or judging reality shows. Farah, who made her directorial debut in 2004 with Main Hoon Na, wishes to helm another film soon. Her last directorial was Happy New Year in 2014. In a candid conversation with The Free Press Journal, the filmmaker shares her plans ahead. Excerpts:

It's been a while since we saw you directing a film. Any plans of changing that?

This year I am planning to direct a film. The last two years went in Covid. And, before that, I had a nice life. I was enjoying it with my kids. However, now I am itching to make a film.

What genre do you have in mind this time and who do you plan to cast?

My genres define everything as it has drama, emotions, and thrill. I cannot tell you anything about casting for my forthcoming film because we have not planned it yet.

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You have also hosted TV shows. Do you like hosting?

Yes, when I am not directing I love hosting. This not only lets me stay in touch with the audience but also brings home some money (smiles).

Will your film be a pan-India film?

My films are pan-India. The term has become a buzzword now! When I made Main Hoon Na, I was told it was the first time Shah Rukh’s (Khan) movie proved to be a pan-India film. That means the film did well in all centres — that's what pan-India means. Today, films are released on different platforms.

KK's death came as a shock to everyone. Having worked with him on a couple of films, how do you remember him?

I met KK during the filming of Main Hoon Na. He sang a couple of songs for the film. Then we reunited for Om Shanti Om. Vishal-Shekhar and I unanimously agreed that the song, Aankhon Mein Teri, should be sung by KK. He was such a lively guy and always in his own world. I can say he was a real artiste. He cared only about singing. He never did networking or requested more songs from makers. Last, when I met him during one of the TV shows, he urged me to make a film soon.

Do you think marketing and networking are important in today’s world?

I think everyone does it. Not only in our industry, but it is also common in the business and corporate world. Everyone does it to a certain degree.

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