FARAH KHAN BIOGRAPHY
Date of Birth
9 January 1965, Bombay, India
Shirish Kunder (9 December 2004 - present) 3 children
Was nominated for Broadway's 2004 Tony Award as Best Choreographer, along with collaborator Anthony Van Laast, for "Bombay Dreams."
Always wanted to be a film director, but somehow got into choreography. Then with the help of her friend/colleague, Shah Rukh Khan, she got her film under production and made.
Was the first woman to be nominated for the Filmfare Awards under the category of Best Director.
Farah Khan was born to the actor Kamran Khan and has a younger brother, the famous TV comedian Sajid Khan. Farah is related to Javed Akhtar’s ex-wife Honey Irani who is a famous script writer. Her childhood was bleak as her father's movies flopped and the family was perpetually in debt.She was a bright child and would strive hard to top the class as only then would she be rewarded with a film ticket. Ever since her childhood days, Farah had a flair for dancing and would entertain family and friends by performing to old numbers. Her calling paid off as she opened her own dance school while studying at St. Xavier's College in Mumbai. She was given her first break by Mansoor Khan in Joh Jeeta Wohi Sikandar and the rest as the cliché goes - is history. Farah met Shah Rukh Khan during her second movie Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa and the two became best of friends.Farah was a threat to veteran choreographer Saroj Khan and when Saroj walked out of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, the project fell into Farah's lap and after the success of the movie, Farah was recognized as the number one choreographer in Bollywood.As a choreographer, Farah has some big projects to her credit like Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, Dil Chahta Hai, Monsoon Wedding and Krissh. She always dreamt of directing a movie and was encouraged by friend Shah Rukh Khan to pursue this dream.In 2002, she narrated the script of Main Hoon Na to Shah Rukh and he not only agreed to act, but also produced the movie. Om Shanti Om was Farah’s dedication to Bollywood in the '70s and the film was a runaway success.During the making of Main Hoon Na, Farah became close to editor Shirish Kunder and the two got married on December 9, 2004.Farah also choreographed the Broadway musical Bombay Dreams for which she has won accolades. She also worked with the Latin singer Shakira for her performance at the MTV Music Video Awards in which Shakira danced in Bollywood style to Hips Don't Lie.Farah has worked her way up and till 2001 she was living in a tiny apartment with her brother and mother, but now she owns a plush sea facing spacious apartment in Mumbai. Her hard work, determination and attitude have made her a role model for many aspiring choreographers.
Farah Khan's father Kamran Khan was a successful stunt film-maker. Her mother Menaka is of Zoroastrian origin and is the sister of screenwriter Honey Irani and ex-child actor Daisy Irani.
Farah Khan has one brother, comedian, actor and film director Sajid Khan. When their parents' marriage broke up, Farah and Sajid were shuttled between different homes.
Film personalities Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar are Farah Khan's cousins. They are Honey Irani's children with ex-husband, lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar.
Farah Khan believes in three religions, Hinduism, Islam and Zoroastrianism.
Farah Khan married Shirish Kunder, the editor of her film Main Hoon Na, on 9 December 2004. They have since worked together on each other's films, such as Jaaneman, Om Shanti Om, and Tees Maar Khan. Farah gave birth to triplets on 11 February 2008; one son, Czar, and two daughters, Diva and Anya
Khan's mother Menaka is the sister of Honey Irani and Daisy Irani, former child stars. Her father is Kamran Khan. She has one brother, Sajid Khan. She first choreographed the film Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, which was an Aamir Khan starrer. This was followed by many more songs which became national hits. She met actor Shahrukh Khan on the set of Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa and the two have since become good friends
She learned dance on her own, and she was greatly inspired of Michael Jackson's dance moves which she used to watch on MTV and she learnt dance steps by watching it and thereby she started to dance at family functions and then on competitions. She learnt choreography by watching Vijay Anand films. Later she started a dance company called, "The Sphinx" while she was studying at St.Xavier's College.
Farah Khan Started her Career as choreographer with 'Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander' in the year 1992. Later the song 'Pehla Nasha' became a huge hit and there by continued to give up more hits in the Bollywood Film Industry and with the help of Bollywood Actor Shahrukh Khan who has become good friend of Farah Khan worked together in many films thereafter.
Farah Khan have got significant recognition as number one Choreographer in Bollywood Industry through the block buster film 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge'. Over the years she worked with lot of films which includes 'Dil To Pagal Hai' (1997), 'Dil se' (1998), 'Mast' (1999), 'Kaho Na Pyaar Hai' (2000), 'Dil Chatha Hai' (2001), 'Monsoon Wedding' (2001), 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham' (2001), 'Main Hoon Na' (2004), 'Kaal' (2005), 'Don'(2006), 'Krrish' (2006), 'Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna' (2006), 'Om Shanthi Om'(2007) and her latest film is 'Tees Maar Khan' scheduled to be release on December 24th 2010.
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Khan was studying sociology in St. Xavier's College, Mumbai when Michael Jackson's Thriller was telecast. She was so inspired, that although she hadn’t danced before that, it soon became her vocation. She learned to dance basically on her own, and set up a dance group. When the top choreographer of the time, Saroj Khan walked out of the film Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Farah got her break, and this was her first film to choreograph. This was followed by many more songs which became national hits. She met actor Shahrukh Khan on the set of Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa and the two have since become good friends and started working together.
Farah Khan married Shrish Kunder, the editor of Main Hoon Na, on December 9, 2004, according to Hindu and Muslim tradition. She has recently choreographed her husband's directorial debut Jaaneman and Karan Johar's Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna. In addition Khan has worked on international projects such as Marigold: An Adventure in India, and Monsoon Wedding.
Khan gave birth to triplets on February 11, 2008, at Mumbai's Jaslok Hospital. She has one son, Czar, and two daughters, Diva and Anya.
Rise to fame
Farah Khan achieved international recognition with her work in Monsoon Wedding, Bombay Dreams and Vanity Fair. She was nominated for a 2004 Tony Award as Best Choreographer, along with collaborator Anthony van Laast, for Bombay Dreams. She has won the Filmfare Best Choreography Award five times. Farah Khan then went on to direct her first film Main Hoon Na which was produced by Shah Rukh Khan. The film was a huge success, and Khan became the second female director to be nominated for Filmfare Best Director Award. As a director, her second movie Om Shanti Om became the highest grossing Hindi film of all time at its time of release. Tees Maar Khan, with Akshay Kumar in the lead, is her next directorial venture.
Khan trained Colombian pop star Shakira for a Bollywood version of her hit Hips Don't Lie for the MTV Video Music Awards on 31 August 2006, which was hosted in Radio City Music Hall. On the second season of American reality TV show America's Got Talent, contestant Kashif Memon copied Khan's moves from Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham in what he termed the "Bollywood Dance". Khan has also choreographed Kylie Minogue for the song "Chiggy Wiggy" in the movie Blue in 2009.
She hosted the celebrity chat show Tere Mere Beach Mein and was a judge on the reality television series Indian Idol - Season 1 & Season 2, Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star, Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega and Dance India Dance Li'l Masters.
Khan and her husband have started a production company called "Three's Company" named in honor of their triplets.
Awards Won By Farah Khan
Film Fare Awards
She won the Filmfare Best Choreography Award in the films 'Virasat', 'Dil Se', 'Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai', 'Dil Chahta Hai', 'Koi Mil Gaya' and 'Main Hoon Na'.
National Film Awards
She is the winner of National Film Award for Best Choreography for the movies 'Koil Mil Gaya' and 'Idhar Chala Main'.
Other Awards of Farah Khan
Best Choreographer award for 'Dil Chahta Hai'(2001) from Awards of the International Indian Film Academy
Best Choreographer award for 'Koi Mil Gaya' (2003) from Screen Weekly Awards.
Best Choreographer award for 'Kal Ho Naa Ho' (2003) from Screen Weekly Awards
Best Debut Director award for 'Main Hoon Na' (2004) from Screen Weekly Awards
Best Debuting Director award for 'Main Hoon Na' (2004) from Zee Cine Awards
Dream Director award for 'Om Shanti Om' (2007) from Stardust Awards
Best Choreographer award for 'Umrao Jaan' (2007) from Zee Cine Awards
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