Farah Khan Kunder made her debut as a choreographer with the 1992 film Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar. She later went on to work in several films down south. In a recent interview, Farah shared what she learned from working in the South Indian film industry.
In a conversation with Bharti Singh and Harsh Limbachiyaa for their podcast LOL, the choreographer-turned-filmmaker recalled her work with stalwarts like Mani Ratnam and Priyadarshan.
“After Jo Jeeta Wo Hi Sikandar, I did many South films and worked with several directors. This is why the discipline and organisation skills have come from there. I did Virasat with Priyadarshan. They are very fast. Their style is so fast, and they don’t waste any time. They will quickly set the frame, the actors are also punctual and will come at 5 am for the shoot. Then I worked a lot with Mani Ratnam sir. I did Dil Se and before that Iruvar and Alai Payuthey, which is the south version of Saathiya. They have different logic and working style. With us (Bollywood), everything is leisurely, but there it is like an army is working,” Farah Khan said.
Going back to 1994-1995, Farah also recalled how Telugu star Nagarjuna was the first one to increase her fees.
“Telugu songs maine bohot kiye hai Nagarjuna ke saath. Actually, Nagarjuna is the first person jisne meri price thodi badha di thi. Tab main per song 10k or 15K I was taking. (I have done many songs with Nagarjuna. Actually, Nagarjuna was the first person who increased my fees. At that time per song, I must have charged around 10K or 15k). Must have been 1994-1995,” she said.