Farah Khan on Bollywood: ‘Whoever Brings in the Biggest Money will be the Biggest Superstar’
Farah Khan spoke candidly about Bollywood’s business model at a recent book launch event. Here’s what the filmmaker-choreographer said.
Farah Khan has said Bollywood filmmakers make choices based on economics. The filmmaker-choreographer does not believe that Bollywood is a male-dominated industry. Speaking at the book launch of Kaveree Bamzai’s The Guilt-Free Woman’s Guide To A Good Life, Farah said, “Whoever brings in the biggest money will be the biggest superstar. The minute women start bringing in the big bucks, they will be the superstars. It’s a business model.”
Farah — who started her journey in Bollywood as a choreographer for Aamir Khan’s 1992 film Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar — further said it was about who brought in the maximum amount of money. She added, “You have to blame the rest of the country for that, because who patronises the movies? It’s not the industry. It’s the country and people who want to go and see the movies. So, whoever brings in the biggest money will be the biggest superstar. The minute women start bringing in the big bucks, they will be the superstars. It’s a business model. I think at some point, women might rule the industry. In the last 30 years, a lot has changed.”
Farah turned director with Shah Rukh Khan’s 2004 film Main Hoon Na, and has made films like Om Shanti Om, Tees Maar Khan and Happy New Year. She is currently working on a new film, to be produced by Rohit Shetty. As per some reports and speculations, the project will be a remake of Amitabh Bachchan-Hema Malini starrer Satte Pe Satta, and may star Hrithik Roshan in Amitabh’s role. However, the filmmaker has not confirmed anything yet regarding the film's script or lead characters. Responding to these reports earlier, she had said, “Even we are not aware of what we will make. All I can say is I will start working on my next film next year.”