Farah Khan, who is perhaps the most talented choreographer in Bollywood says the most creative director she has worked so far is Mani Ratnam.
“The most creative director I have worked with is Mani Ratnam. My best work was in ‘Dil Se..’ and ‘Alaipayuthey’. He really finds something different to do in the songs. Sometimes it doesn’t gel with the movie, but when you see it as a song, you will fall in love with it,” Farah said.
Farah, who has also directed films like Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om after becoming a successful choreographer, said she became a choreographer by default.
“When I became a choreographer, I was not assisting any choreographer. I was assisting the director Mansoor Ali Khan for Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar. I was the fourth assistant director… That time choreography was not an option only,” she said.
For Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, which starred Aamir Khan, Farah had choreographed the famous song Pehla Nasha.
Farah earlier said that there is no harm in calling a dance track as an “item number”. While many actresses take offence at a dance number being called as an item number, Farah Khan asks these actresses to get their facts right.
“It is an ‘item number’ only and there is nothing derogatory about it. We are not referring to the girl as an item, so they should get their facts right. An item number is something that comes in the middle of a movie… that will attract the people to come and watch the movie,” Farah, who is known for choreographing songs like Dil Se, Fevicol Se, Chaiya Chaiya and Munni Badnam Hui, said.
Mani Ratnam has been cited by the media as one of India’s most acclaimed and influential filmmakers.
He is widely credited with revolutionising the Tamil film industry and altering the profile of Indian cinema. Although working in the mainstream medium, his films are noted for their realism, technical finesse, and craft. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri, acknowledging his contributions to film in 2002. – CINEWS