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03-06-2009, 09:39 PM #1
Profiling Women Directors who are calling the shots in Bollywood
In the big, bad world of Bollywood, there have been few directors of the fairer sex who have managed to swim against the tide, follow their dreams and make a mark for themselves in this majorly male-dominated industry. While names like Deepa Mehta, Mira Nair and Gurinder Chaddha have carved a niche for themselves in the West, there are many of our own female folk who have given us some entertaining and some meaningful cinema. On occasion of Women's Day, we at Bollywood Hungama bring to you some of the most well-known Women directors of the present generation who are calling the shots in B-town.
Farah started out as a choreographer in Bollywood and over the years has made the biggest of stars dance to her tunes (literally). However, even as she was choreographing hits like 'Chaiyya Chaiyya', 'Dhol Bajne Laga', 'Woh Ladki Hai Kahan', there was always a secret filmmaker hidden inside her. Farah has been an avid movie-buff and it was as early as 21 when she decided that she would one day direct a film. She fulfilled her long-time desire with the smash-hit Main Hoon Naa starring good friend Shah Rukh Khan in the lead. The two paired up once again to deliver one of the biggest hits ever Om Shanti Om and since then Farah has been a name to reckon with.
When we asked her what was the most challenging thing about being a female director in Bollywood, Farah replied, "To leave your babies at home and go shoot for a film." Farah surely must be having a tough time considering she is the mother of triplets. However, she does manage it all with a smile on her face which indeed makes us salute the lady.