Farah Khan B’day – Success to me is being a good person and treating people well
Farah Khan was born on 9 January 1965. Her father, Kamran Khan, is a stuntman-turned-filmmaker. Her mother, Menaka Irani, is the sister of former child actors Honey Irani and Daisy Irani. Farah is thus a first cousin of film personalities Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar (children of Honey Irani). She has one brother, Sajid Khan, who is a comedian, actor and film director.
While Farah’s father is a Muslim, her mother is a Zorastrian belonging to Irani(Parsi) Community. Her parent’s marriage broke up when Farah was still a toddler. One reason for this was religion; another was the shortage of money. Kamran Khan had initially been very successful and prosperous, so much so that, when his sister-in-law Honey Irani married a poverty-stricken poet named Javed Akhtar, the newly-weds turned to Kamran for help and he gave them an apartment to live in free of rent. However, Kamran then began losing money badly as his film ventures flopped; his marriage collapsed at the same time. Farah, therefore, saw very little of her father while growing up. Since neither parent had any money left, Farah and Sajid were shuttled between different homes.
Farah Khan married Shirish Kunder, the editor of her film Main Hoon Na, on 9 December 2004. They have since worked together on each other’s films, such as Jaan-E-Mann, Om Shanti Om and Tees Maar Khan. Farah Khan gave birth to triplets in 2008; one son and two daughters.
She learned to dance basically on her own, and set up a dance group. When the choreographer Saroj Khan walked out of the film Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar, Khan took over. This was followed by many more songs. She met actor Shahrukh Khan on the set of Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa and the two have since become good friends and started working together.
Farah Khan’s work in Monsoon Wedding, Bombay Dreams and Vanity fair was nominated for a 2004 Tony Awards as Best Choreographer, along with collaborator Anthony van Laast, for Bombay Dreams. She has won the Filmfare Best Choreographer Award six times. Khan then went on to direct her first film Main Hoon Na Starring Shah Rukh Khan which was produced by Red Chillies Entertainment. Khan became the second female director to be nominated for Filmfare Best Director Award as a director, her second movie Om Shanti Om Starring Shah Rukh Khan and debutant Deepika Padukone became the highest grossing Hindi film of all time at its time of release. In 2012 she made her film acting debut in a leading role in Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi, directed by Bela Bhansali Sehgal.
Farah Khan trained Colombian pop star Shakira for a Bollywood version of her song Hips Don’t Lie for the MTV Video Music Awards on 31 August 2006. Khan has also choreographed Kylie Minogue for the song Chiggy Wiggy in the 2009 movie Blue.
She hosted the celebrity chat show Tere Mere Beach Mein and was a judge on the reality television series Indian Idol Season 1&2, Jo Jeeta Wahi Super Star, Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega and Dance India Dance Li’l Masters. She also judged dance reality show Just Dance alongside Hrithik Roshan and Vaibhavi Merchant on Star Plus.
Khan and her husband have started a production company called “Three’s Company” named in honor of their triplets. In 2012, she choreographed “Ishq Wala Love” and “Radha” for “Student Of the Year”. In 2013, she choreographed “Jumping Jhapak“.