The Happy New Year director has come up with signature dance moves for the upcoming Indian Premiere League (IPL) 2013. We had a quick chat with Farah Khan and found out just how excited she is about her contribution to the glitziest cricketainment ever…
Farah Khan is ready to whip you! The choreographer-turned-filmmaker is not going to let you plop down on the couch and stay glued to the television set while your favourite team battles it out to win the coveted IPL trophy this year.
“Sirf dekhne ka nahi, dance-ne ka,” yells the taskmaster in recent IPL promos where she urges people (read cricket aficionados) to break into a jig every time they see their favourite player hitting a four or a six. You can also celebrate when a player from the opposing side gets out, with Farah’s uniquely crafted wicket-wala dance move which is absolutely crazy. “Show the first finger just the way umpires do it and move your booty. But be careful and make sure that you don’t flash your middle finger instead, otherwise the step can become controversial and it can land you into trouble,” she jokes.
Music for these lively promos has been composed by Vishal-Shekhar and our dance guru is happy with the end result. “Wah wah, Annu Malik bhi aisa rhyme nahi kar sakta! (Even Anu Malik can’t rhyme this well) Champak champak thapak thpak gili gili, yeah,” says Farah as she hums the track and then giggles at the potshot she takes at Malik.
Happy to have contributed to the game of cricket – which is not only the most popular sport in the country, but also a religion for millions of Indians – Farah maintains that she is confident that she will make everyone shake a leg this IPL. “I will make everyone dance this year. Yeh mariyal reh ke kya game dekhne ka? (Why watch the game all deadbeat and sombre-faced?) I will make all cricketers dance. I will make Shahrukh Khan and his team members dance too! I am happy to have contributed my bit to the game and to the tournament followed by millions with incredible passion,” insists Farah.
With these new moves invented by Bollywood’s ace choreographer, we wonder if umpires will adopt these as refereeing signs. Will we be able to watch umpire Billy Bowden breaking into a dance instead of showing his famous hook to declare a batsman out? “That can happen – who knows! Baat karni padegi unse bhi. Sikhana padega unko mere naye signs. ( I have to talk to the umpires and teach them these new signs),” shoots back Farah with her trademark humour.
About her forthcoming film Happy New Year the 48-year-old confesses that she has not found a heroine yet for the glossy drama. “ Abhi tak koi mila nahi yaar. Aage bhi koi nahi mila toh main khude kar loongi woh role. Waise bhi gym ja ja kar kafi patli ho gayi hoon. ( I haven’t found anyone yet. If I don’t get anyone in the future, I will play the lead role myself),” says Farah and quickly adds “ But before that happens, there’s IPL to keep you entertained. But don’t you forget my dance and do remember me every time there is a six hit in this IPL!”