Farah Khan is one of the few female directors who has broken the myth that a woman can’t helm masala movies. The director, who has churned out blockbusters like ‘Main HoonNaa’ and ‘Om Shanti Om’, says in a “sexist country” she has proved that a woman can do it better.
Her latest film ‘Happy New Year’, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Jackie Shroff, BomanIrani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah, has earned a record Rs.44.97 crore on the opening day of its release.
“We knew it would do well because it has Shah Rukh, Deepika and me. It’s a big movie. The songs were doing well, there was great energy and positive buzz about it. We knew it would get a big opening, but this big! Nobody knew even the trade experts are in shock I think,” Farah, also a choreographer, said.
She is thrilled about the fact that being a woman, her film has done so well at the box office.
“We live in a sexist country where women are put down, treated badly and told that they can’t do things that men do. Being a woman, numbers have come like this. Not only a woman director, but no male director has also got this kind of an opening. So, we should definitely celebrate it,” said the director, who is married to filmmaker ShirishKunder.
Known for making fast paced films with oodles of romance, action, comedy and drama, the mother of three children doesn’t want to be “pressurised” by reviews.
“I don’t want to be pressurised by any critic who thinks that I should make certain type of movie, which is slow, boring and so-called sensitive and I shouldn’t be making this because this is a man’s territory. I will do it and do better than a man,” she said.