Farah Khan

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Farah Khan Kunder
Farah Khan is smiling towards the camera.
Khan in 2016
Born9 January 1965 (1965-01-09) (age 58)
Alma materSt. Xavier's College, Bombay
  • Film director
  • actress
  • television presenter
  • choreographer
  • writer
  • producer
  • dancer
Years active1992–present
(m. 2004)
RelativesSajid Khan (brother )

Farah Khan Kunder (born 9 January 1965)[1] is an Indian film director, writer, film producer, actress, dancer and choreographer who works predominantly in Hindi films. Khan has choreographed dance routines for more than a hundred songs in over 80 films, winning six Filmfare Awards for Best Choreography and the National Film Award for Best Choreography. In addition, she has worked on Tamil films and also in 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. As a film director, she received Filmfare Award for Best Director nominations for her debut Main Hoon Na (2004) and her second one Om Shanti Om (2007) and then went on to direct Tees Maar Khan (2010) and Happy New Year (2014).

Early life and personal life[edit]

Shirish Kunder and Farah Khan in 2015

Farah Khan was born on 9 January 1965. Her father, Kamran Khan (film producer), is a stuntman-turned-filmmaker. Her mother, Menaka Irani, is the sister of former child actors Honey Irani and Daisy Irani.[2] Farah is thus a first cousin of film personalities Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar (children of Honey Irani). She has one brother, Sajid Khan, who is a comedian, actor and film director.

Farah Khan married Shirish Kunder, the editor of her film Main Hoon Na,[3] on 9 December 2004. They have since worked together on each other's films, such as Jaan-E-Mann, Om Shanti Om, and Tees Maar Khan. Khan gave birth to triplets — one son and two daughters — in 2008 through in vitro fertilisation.[4]


Khan was studying sociology in St. Xavier's College, Bombay when the music video of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was released. She was so inspired, that although she hadn't danced before that, it soon became her vocation. She learned to dance basically on her own, and set up a dance group.[5] When the choreographer Saroj Khan walked out of the film Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Khan took over. This was followed by many more songs. She met actor Shahrukh Khan on the sets of Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa and the two have since become good friends and started working together.

Khan's work in Monsoon Wedding, Bombay Dreams and Vanity Fair was nominated for a 2004 Tony Award as Best Choreographer, along with collaborator Anthony van Laast, for Bombay Dreams. She has won the Filmfare Best Choreography Award six times. Khan then went on to direct her first film Main Hoon Na starring Shahrukh Khan which was produced by Red Chillies Entertainment. Khan became the second female director to be nominated for Filmfare Best Director Award.[citation needed] As a director, her 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.[6] 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.

Khan initially announced her plans to direct Happy New Year in 2005,[7] multiple delays and cast changes occurred over a number of years.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17] The project was again reported as being in the works as of 2012.[18] The film was finally released in 2014.[19]

Khan in 2012

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.[20] Khan has also choreographed Kylie Minogue for the song "Chiggy Wiggy" in the 2009 movie Blue.

She 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.

Khan and her husband have started a production company called "Three's Company" named in honor of their triplets.[21] In 2012, she choreographed "Ishq Wala Love" and "Radha" for Student Of The Year. In 2013, she choreographed "Jumping Jhapak".

In 2015, Khan replaced Salman Khan and hosted the reality show Bigg Boss Halla Bol, the spin-off of Bigg Boss season 8.[22]



Year Title Actress Director Producer Script Writer Role
1998 Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Yes Woman on the Neelam show/
College student who makes fun of Anjali
2003 Kal Ho Naa Ho Yes One of the customers that come to the restaurant after its renovation
2004 Main Hoon Na Yes Yes Yes Herself (special appearance in song "Yeh Fizaein" during the end credits)
Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Director
2007 Om Shanti Om Yes Yes Yes The one whom Om Prakash asks if she's the director of the movie /
Herself (special appearance during the end credits)
Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Director
2010 Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai Yes Herself
2010 Tees Maar Khan Yes Yes
2010 Khichdi: The Movie Yes Herself (cameo)
2012 Joker Yes Yes Herself (special appearance)
2012 Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi Yes Shirin Fugawala
2012 Student of the Year Yes Cameo in "Disco Song" as a judge
2014 Happy New Year Yes Yes Yes Cameo in the end credits
2016 Devi Yes Herself (guest appearance); multilingual film
2019 Student of the Year 2 Yes Cameo in "The Jawaani Song" as a judge
2020 Mrs. Serial Killer Yes


Year Films Notes
1986 Kahan Kahan se guzar gaya
1992 Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
1993 Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
Waqt Hamara Hai
Pehla Nasha
Chandra Mukhi
1942: A Love Story
1994 Aatish: Feel the Fire
1995 Zamaana Deewana
Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India
Hum Dono
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
Ram Shastra
1996 English Babu Desi Mem
1997 Virasat Filmfare Award for Best Choreography for the song "Dhol Bajne Laga"
Yes Boss
Dil To Pagal Hai
Uff! Yeh Mohabbat
1998 Keemat: They Are Back
Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai
Saat Rang Ke Sapne
Dil Se.. Filmfare Award for Best Choreography for the song "Chaiyya Chaiyya"
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate
Minsara Kanavu
1999 Sirf Tum
Silsila Hai Pyar Ka
Hote Hote Pyar Ho Gaya
2000 Alaipayuthey Tamil film
Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai Filmfare Award for Best Choreography for the song "Ek Pal Ka Jeena"
Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani
Hum To Mohabbat Karega
Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega
2001 Dil Chahta Hai Filmfare Award for Best Choreography for the song "Woh Ladki Hai Kahan"
Monsoon Wedding
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...
One 2 Ka 4
2002 Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam
Maine Dil Tujhko Diya
Shakti : The Power
Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai
Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge
Yeh Dil Aashiqanaa
Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe
Bombay Dreams Nominated: Tony Award for Best Choreography
2003 Confidence
Koi... Mil Gaya National Film Award for Best Choreography

Filmfare Award for Best Choreography for the song "Idhar Chala Main Udhar Chala"

Kal Ho Naa Ho
Chalte Chalte
2004 Main Hoon Na
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi
Vanity Fair
2005 Kaal
Perhaps Love Golden Horse Award for Best Action Choreography
Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya
2006 Krrish
Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
Jaan-E-Mann: Let's Fall in Love... Again
Don - The Chase Begins Again
Zindaggi Rocks
Heyy Babyy
2007 Marigold: An Adventure in India
Om Shanti Om
My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves
2008 Dostana
2009 Billu
Main Aur Mrs Khanna
2010 My Name Is Khan
Dabangg Song "Munni Badnaam Hui"
Tees Maar Khan Filmfare Award for Best Choreography for the song "Sheila Ki Jawani"
2011 Delhi Belly Song "Jaa Chudail"
2012 Housefull 2 Song "Anarkali Disco Chali"
Nanban Tamil film; Song "Irukaanaa"
Student of the Year Song "Ishq Wala Love" and "Radha"
Dabangg 2 Song "Fevicol Se"
2013 Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Song "Ghagra"
Chennai Express Song "Titli"
Himmatwala (2013 film)
2014 Happy New Year
2015 Dilwale Song "Gerua"
2017 Kung Fu Yoga [23]
2018 Dhadak Song "Zingaat"
Veere Di Wedding
2019 Housefull 4 Song "Ek Chumma"
Student of the Year 2 "The Hook Up Song"
2020 Dil Bechara Filmfare Award for Best Choreography for the song "Dil Bechara"
99 Songs TBA


Year Show Role Notes
2004–2006, 2016–2017 Indian Idol Judge Season 1, 2 and 7
2006 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Judge Season 1
2008 Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star Judge
2008, 2015 Nach Baliye Judge Season 4 and 7
2009–2014 Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega Judge
2010 Dance India Dance Li'l Masters 1 Judge
2011 Just Dance Judge
2012 Dance Ke Superkids Judge
2012 India's Got Talent Judge Season 4
2013 Nach Baliye Shriman v/s Shrimati Judge
2013 Dance India Dance Supermoms Judge
2015 Bigg Boss Halla Bol Co-host
2015 Farah Ki Dawat Host
2020 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi – Made in India Interim Host [24]
2021 Zee Comedy Show Judge [25]
2022 The Khatra Show Host [26]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Kabir, Nasreen Munni (2009). Farah Khan. Zubaan.


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