'I am not confident as a director'

'I am not confident as a director'

It had a gripping cycle rickshaw chase scene and a heated fist fight between superstar Shah Rukh Khan and action hero Suniel Shetty. Choreographer-filmmaker Farah Khan’s ‘very loved film’ Main Hoon Na had all elements that was anything but ‘ladylike’.

As the film turned 10, she didn’t regret choosing the superhit action drama that thrilled the audiences to the hilt to launch her as a director. Farah went into a nostalgic mode when asked about her film completing 10 years.

“We got very nostalgic. My fans are sending me photos. I don’t even have those photos. Even in office, we couldn’t find pictures because we changed office twice. We remember it like it was last year or something and suddenly it’s been 10 years,” she said. “I wanted to make it for so long. It took around two to three years before I got to make it...from the time I started writing the script. It was a very different film for a woman director to make at that point. People were not expecting this kind of film. They thought I’d make some ladylike film,” she added.

Calling it a ‘very macho film’, the movie also gave Shah Rukh, the lead actor, a break from romantic sagas like Kal Ho Naa Ho and Chalte Chalte.“It was a very macho movie. Even for Shah Rukh. He wasn’t doing action at all that time. He was doing love stories. It was like an action macho film for him also. He enjoys doing action a lot more... He adds a lot in terms of making the action more thrilling... and it did well everywhere — North, South, interior belt (sic),” she said.

She considers it to be the perfect film to launch her as a director. “I had so much fun making it. It’s a very loved film. It comes almost everyday on TV and everyday I get messages on Twitter or BB that they are watching it for the 20th time and still love it. I wouldn’t want to change things. I am very happy.

Now my kids watch it. They enjoy it a lot,” said the mother of triplets. It’s been 10 years, but the 48-year-old still feels nervous. “I am not confident as a director. I still get nervous. I don’t know whether I am heading in the right direction or not,” she added.

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