Choreographer-director Farah Khan has directed many entertainers like ‘Main Hoon Na’, ‘Om Shanti Om’ and ‘Happy New Year’, which were high on glamour and stars. Choreographer-director Farah Khan will be honoured with the Faten Hamama Award for excellence in cinema at the 37th Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF). Her 2007 film ‘Om Shanti Om’, starring Shah Rukh Khan, will also be screened there.
She was reported saying that she felt the honour is actually an honour for the Indian film industry to take our movie or a director to give an award at an international film festival. She thinks it’s great for the entire industry. She was also reported saying that in Egypt, they love commercial Bollywood films and she thinks there is no better example than ‘Om Shanti Om’. Also, she is representing the women of our country and in that way, it’s a dual award.
When asked how she felt about ‘Om Shanti Om’. She said that the film stands for quintessential Bollywood film. She said it was special for her in many ways. She directed the film when she was pregnant with her triplets. She was also happy because the whole industry came together to do the song, “Deewangi Deewangi”.
Over 40 Hindi movie stars appear in the course of the film, including 30 of them in the “Deewangi Deewangi” song alone.
Farah launched actress Deepika Padukone with the 2007 film, which is based on reincarnation.
Produced by Shah Rukh’s wife Gauri Khan, ‘Om Shanti Om’ also features Arjun Rampal, Shreyas Talpade and Kirron Kher.
The ongoing 10-day film festival will conclude on November 20.