Two to tango

Aug 16, 2012, 08:35 IST | Jigar Shah

Farah Khan and Boman Irani walked into our offices with a great story. However, they couldn't convince any of us that they were having a roaring affair. Instead they checked out our brand-new website

Recently, Farah Khan and Boman Irani dropped by at our office to check out our newly launched website and also chat about their upcoming film Shirin Farhad Ki To Nikal Padi. In true Parsi spirit, Farah and Boman engaged in a friendly flirtatious banter with us and kept interuppting each other. Excerpts...

Farah Khan and Boman Irani
Farah Khan and Boman Irani checking the website

Have you noticed any special quality in Boman during your shoot together?
Boman has the ability of checking out girls and telling which size exactly fits them.
(Boman butts in, “Since I’m a salesman, I need to know my job!)

Farah Khan and Boman Irani

If you were a matchmaker, which five people in the industry would you help get married?
I can’t get my own brother married despite trying for so many years. I got married when I was 40. I will be the worst matchmaker possible. So I believe, if you are single and happy, don’t ever get married.

Farah Khan and Boman Irani

So you could connect with the storyline of this film?
I was just happy that a script was written for two 40-year-old actors! It feels we have broken a glass ceiling. I’m making my debut at 47. I’m married with three kids, whereas today’s heroines fizzle out by the time they reach 35.

Farah Khan and Boman Irani

How have your children reacted to their mother acting in a film?
My kids loved the promo, but my son doesn’t like Boman. And when I wore skirts and fake nails during the shoot, he said, “Yeh momma nahi chahiye!”
(Boman quips, “What does that tell you? Even the kid has seen the spark between us!”).
(Farah wryly) Boman was trying hard to tell people that he and I were having an affair but no one believed him.

Farah Khan and Boman Irani

Did you allow the director in you to come out during the shoot?
Farah: I stayed a good girl...
(Boman interrupts, “All Farah did on the sets was say, ‘Mera frontal lo, mujh pe light nahi hai.’ It is no coincidence that all the three choreographers on the sets were her assistants. I am sure the day before the shoot, she had ordered them to focus more on her and to keep me in the backdrop. I think she even edited out my portions.”)

Which Bollywood actress would you sell lingerie to?
Riteish Deshmukh! Whenever we talk about doing something different in our stage show, he tells me I should dress up like a girl. And I tell the same to him too. We will both sell lingerie to each other. But, I will provide discounts to my Parsi customers! (laughs)

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