Farah Khan, who is also known by her married name Farah Khan Kunder, is an Indian film director, producer, dancer, choreographer, and actress. She is best known for her choreographic dance work in numerous Bollywood films and also for her hit films like Main Hoon Na, Om Shanti Om among others, as director. All pictures/Farah Khan Kunder's Instagram account
In picture: This image of Farah sipping a drink has been shot in Dubai.
Until now, Farah Khan Kunder's journey has been reminiscing in the world of showbiz. The versatile talent has choreographed dance routines for more than a hundred songs in over 80 Hindi films, winning six Filmfare Awards for Best Choreography and the National Film Award for Best Choreography.
In picture: Farah with Anil Kapoor. She addresses him as 'Papaji'
In addition, she has worked on international projects, such as Marigold: An Adventure in India, Monsoon Wedding, Bombay Dreams, and the Chinese films Perhaps Love and Kung Fu Yoga, earning Tony Award and Golden Horse Award nominations. She has since become a film director as well, with a Filmfare Best Director Award nomination for her directorial debut Main Hoon Na.
In picture: Farah Khan Kunder and Shirish Kunder at their home.
Farah Khan began her career as a choreographer with Aamir Khan's film 'Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander' in 1992. She has choreographed many Bollywood stars.
In picture: Farah Khan with her childhood friends who she studied with in school
Farah Khan's father, Kamran Khan, is a stuntman-turned-filmmaker. Her mother, Menaka Irani, is the sister of former child actors Honey Irani and Daisy Irani. Farah is thus a first cousin of film personalities Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar (children of Honey Irani). The director has one brother, Sajid Khan, who is a comedian, actor and film director.
In picture: Farah Khan doing 'naagin' dance during her early days.
A sociology student from St. Xavier's College, but when Michael Jackson's Thriller was telecast, the director was inspired to take choreography as her career option. She learned to dance basically on her own, and also set up a dance group. When the choreographer Saroj Khan walked out of the film Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Khan took over.
In picture: Farah Khan poses with Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khattar, who she choreographed in Dhadak.
This was followed by many more songs. She met actor Shah Rukh Khan on the set of Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa and the two have since become good friends and started working together. Farah Khan is best friends with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan. She debuted as a director in a film starring him and their collaborations have always been successful in the box-office. They also had a fallout but patched up soon after. Khan directed SRK in her 2014 film Happy New Year.
In picture: Farah Khan with Shah Rukh Khan at one of the Bollywood bashes.
Farah Khan also shares a good rapport with filmmaker Karan Johar. Not only this, the duo's friendship is as thick as thieves and both have a blast whenever they meet.
In picture: Farah Khan with Karan Johar and Amitabh Bachchan's daughter Shweta Bachchan Nanda at a party.
As a director, Farah Khan's second movie Om Shanti Om Starring Shah Rukh Khan and debutant Deepika Padukone became the highest grossing Hindi film of all time at its time of release. Tees Maar Khan was her next directorial release. In 2012 she made her film acting debut in a leading role in Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi, directed by Bela Bhansali Sehgal.
In picture: Farah Khan poses with Boman Irani, one of Bollywood's finest actors.
Farah Khan trained Colombian pop star Shakira for a Bollywood version of her song Hips Don't Lie for the MTV Video Music Awards on 31 August 2006. Khan has also choreographed Kylie Minogue for the song Chiggy Wiggy in the 2009 movie Blue.
In picture: Farah Khan with Shahid Kapoor and his better half Mira.
Farah Khan has hosted the celebrity chat show Tere Mere Beach Mein and was a judge on the reality television series Indian Idol – first and second season, Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star, Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega and Dance India Dance Li'l Masters. She also judged dance reality show Just Dance alongside Hrithik Roshan and Vaibhavi Merchant on Star Plus.
In picture: Farah Khan and Riteish Deshmukh from the sets of Drama Company.
Farah Khan and tennis ace Sania Mirza share a warm friendship. In fact, Farah Khan was among the few who knew that buddy Sania Mirza was pregnant much before the tennis champ shared the news on Twitter. Farah and Sania's friendship became the talk of the town when they made an appearance on Karan Johar's chat show, Koffee with Karan. Sania even made an appearance on Neha Dhupia's show, No Filter Neha, where she talked about how she behaves in love with Farah. The duo shares a possessive friendship with each other.
In picture: Farah Khan is also good friends with Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza.
Farah Khan married Shirish Kunder in 2004. Kunder, a video editor then edited Farah's directorial debut Main Hoon Na. Born via IVF (In Vitro Fertilization), Farah said in an interview, "It is important that we come forward and take pride in this because it gives so much courage and so much hope to people who want to do it, but are scared to do it. I proudly say that my children are from IVF and no, a pizza man did not deliver you."
In picture: Farah Khan with her triplets Anya, Diva and Czar, who were born in 2008.
We wish the talented directory, a very happy birthday!
In picture: Farah Khan (first from right) at filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker and Sunita's wedding.
Farah Khan has donned many hats in her Bollywood career so far over the years. She is also known for sharing quirky, offbeat images of herself with top Bollywood stars on social media. As she turns 54 January 9, take a look at her journey in B-town.
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