Farah Khan

Farah Khan Kunder (born 9 January 1965),[1] née Farah Khan, is an Indian film director, film producer, actress, dancer and choreographer best known for her choreographic dance work in numerous Bollywood films. She 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 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.

Farah Khan
Khan at the launch of Munisha Khatwani's book Tarot Predictions 2015
Born (1965-01-09) 9 January 1965
OccupationFilm director, actress, television presenter, choreographer
Spouse(s)Shirish Kunder (m. 2004)
RelativesSajid Khan (brother)

Early life and career

Farah Khan was born on 9 January 1965. Her father, Kamran Khan, 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.

While Farah's father is a Muslim, her mother is a Zorastrian belonging to the Irani (Parsi) community.[3] Their marriage broke up when Farah was still a toddler. One reason for this was religion; another was the shortage of money. Kamran Khan had initially been very successful and prosperous, so much so that, when his sister-in-law Honey Irani married a poverty-stricken poet named Javed Akhtar, the newly-weds turned to Kamran for help and he gave them an apartment to live in free of rent. However, Kamran then began losing money badly as his film ventures flopped; his marriage collapsed at the same time. Farah, therefore, saw very little of her father while growing up. Since neither parent had any money left, Farah and Sajid were shuttled between different homes.[4]

Farah Khan married Shirish Kunder, the editor of her film Main Hoon Na,[5] 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 in 2008; one son and two daughters.


Farah Khan was studying sociology in St. Xavier's College, Bombay when Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was telecast. 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.[4] 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 set of Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa and the two have since become good friends and started working together.

Farah 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 Shah Rukh Khan which was produced by Red Chillies Entertainment. Khan became the second female director to be nominated for Filmfare Best Director Award. 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 has again been reported as being in the works as of 2012.[18]

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.[19] 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 Idolfirst 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.[20] 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.[21]



YearTitleActorDirectorProducerScript WriterRole
1998Kuch Kuch Hota HaiYesWoman on the Neelam show/
College student who makes fun of Anjali
2003Kal Ho Na HoYesOne of the customers that come to the restaurant after its renovation
2004Main Hoon NaYesYesYesHerself (special appearance in song "Yeh Fizaein" during the end credits)
Nominated: Filmfare Best Director Award
2007Om Shanti OmYesYesYesThe one whom Om Prakash asks if she's the director of the movie /
Herself (special appearance during the end credits)
2010Jaane Kahan Se Aayi HaiYesHerself
2010Tees Maar KhanYesYes
2010Khichdi: The MovieYesHerself (cameo)
2012JokerYesYesHerself (special appearance)
2012Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal PadiYesShirin Fugawala
2012Student of the YearYesCameo in "Disco Song" as a judge
2014Happy New YearYesYesYesCameo in the end credits
2016DeviYesHerself (guest appearance)
Frequent actor collaborations
Actors Main Hoon Na
Om Shanti Om
Tees Maar Khan
Happy New Year
Boman Irani
Shah Rukh Khan
Kirron Kher
Akshay Kumar (cameo)
Deepika Padukone
Satish Shah
Murali Sharma


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 VirasatFilmfare Award for Best Choreography for the song "Dhol Bajne Laga"
Dil To Pagal Hai
1998 Keemat: They Are Back
Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai
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 AlaipayutheyTamil film
Kaho Naa... Pyaar HaiFilmfare 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 HaiFilmfare 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 DreamsNominated: Tony Award for Best Choreography
2003 Confidence
Koi... Mil GayaFilmfare Award for Best Choreography for the song "Idhar Chala Main Udhar Chala"
National Film Award for Best Choreography
Kal Ho Naa Ho
Chalte Chalte
2004 Main Hoon Na
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi
Vanity Fair
2005 Kaal
Perhaps LoveGolden 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
DabanggSong "Munni Badnaam Hui"
Tees Maar KhanFilmfare Award for Best Choreography for the song "Sheila Ki Jawani"
2011 Delhi BellySong "Jaa Chudail"
2012 Housefull 2Song "Anarkali Disco Chali"
NanbanTamil film; Song "Irukaanaa"
Student of the YearSong "Ishq Wala Love" and "Radha"
Dabangg 2Song "Fevicol Se"
2013 Yeh Jawaani Hai DeewaniSong "Ghagra"
Chennai ExpressSong "Titli"
Himmatwala (2013 film)
2014 Happy New Year
2015 DilwaleSong "Gerua"
2017 Kung Fu Yoga[22]
2018 Dhadak Song "Zingaat"
Veere Di Wedding
2019 Housefull 4
Student of the Year 2 "The Hook Up Song"


Year Show Network Notes
2004 Indian Idol 1 Sony TV Co-judge with Anu Malik and Sonu Nigam
2005–2006 Indian Idol 2 Sony TV Co-judge with Anu Malik and Sonu Nigam
2006 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 1 Sony TV Co-judge with Shilpa Shetty and Sanjay Leela Bhansali
2008 Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star 1 Star Plus Co-judge with Vishal-Shekhar
2008 Nach Baliye 4 Star Plus Co-judge with Karisma Kapoor and Arjun Rampal
2009 Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega Sony TV Co-judge with Anu Malik
2009 Entertainment Ke Liye Sub Kuch Karega Sony TV Co-judge with Anu Malik
2010 Dance India Dance Li'l Masters 1 Zee TV Co-judge with Sandip Soparrkar
2010 Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega 3 Sony TV Co-judge with Anu Malik
2011 Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega 4 Sony TV Co-judge with Anu Malik
2011 Just Dance Star Plus Co-judge with Hrithik Roshan and Vaibhavi Merchant
2012 Dance Ke Superkids Zee TV Co-judge with Geeta Kapoor and Marzi Pestonji
2012 India's Got Talent (Season 4) Colors (TV channel) Co-judge with Karan Johar and Kirron Kher
2013 Nach Baliye: Shriman v/s Shrimati Star Plus Co-judge with Terence Lewis and Shilpa Shetty
2013 Dance India Dance Supermoms Zee TV Co-judge with Terence Lewis and Marzi Pestonji
2013, 2014 Comedy Nights with Kapil Colors Herself
2014 Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega 5 Sony TV Co-judge with Anu Malik
2015 Bigg Boss Halla Bol Colors TV Co-host with Salman Khan
2015 Farah Ki Dawat Colors TV Host
2015 Nach Baliye 7 Star Plus Co-judge with Preity Zinta and Chetan Bhagat (for 1episode)
2016 Comedy Nights Bachao Colors Herself
2016 - 17 Indian Idol 7 Sony TV Co-judge with Anu Malik, Sonu Nigam

See also


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  3. Farah Khan latest chant is 'Mom Shanti MOM'
  4. "Tête à tête". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. 7 October 2007. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  5. Kulkarni, Ronjita (12 August 2004). "Meet the man Farah Khan will marry". Rediff.com. Retrieved 17 November 2008.
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  18. "John joins Shah Rukh for Farah's next film". The Times of India. 26 June 2012.
  19. Jha, Subhash K. (1 September 2006). "Farah Khan bonds big time with Shakira". bollywood hungama. Retrieved 17 November 2008.
  20. Mariam Thomas, Sonia (26 October 2015). "Women Of Worth 2015 Grit And Glory". www.outlookbusiness.com.
  21. "Bigg Boss 8: Farah Khan talks about Salman Khan and Halla Bol | The Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  22. "Farah Khan to choreograph song in Jackie Chan's 'Kung Fu Yoga'". The Times of India. 28 January 2017.
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