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 Hoon Naa 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, Boman Irani, 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, told IANS on phone from Mumbai. 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 Shirish Kunder.