She continued: "I thought that the 70s were the most interesting period, be it "Sholay" with Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra or "Amar Akbar Anthony" with Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna. Things went downhill only from the 80s. Styling was very unique in the 70s."
Inspired by the phase, the first half of "Om Shanti Om" has been set 30 years back, in 1971. Even in "Main Hoon Na", Farah's maiden venture as a director – she made Shah Rukh wear bell-bottoms like in the good old 70s. Now, "Om Shanti Om" has been treated like a period film. "We made it a point to do a lot of referencing during the pre-production stage of the film. We got lots of junior artistes from the 70s. In fact we had to hunt for the cars which were in vogue back then. Ultimately, we managed to lay our hands on the Mercedes that once belonged to Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini. We hired the godown of R.K. Studios where a lot of used costumes and cars were lying," the director recalled.
Farah's choice of Shreyas Talpade was finalized after she watched him in Subhash Ghai's "Apna Sapna Money Money". As for today's actresses, the director thinks none have the poise and the dignity that the leading ladies of the 70s had. "Deepika has this old-world charm and beauty about her. I did a 'look test' with her before taking her as my leading lady. What I liked about her is that she is at home in all kind of costumes. Deepika fits the role well, like Hemaji in the 70s." To prepare the newcomer for the role, Farah gave her voice training and dance classes, besides the three-month acting course with Anupam Kher. Deepika's previous experience of acting in a Kannada film was an added help.
Farha thinks "Om Shanti Om" takes a "mad look" at the film industry today, revealing its happy side which she has always seen till date. The director is grateful to all the 31 stars who consented to take part in a sequence in her film, adding to its glamour quotient. "Mithun caught the first flight from Kolkata, while Dharamji and Jeetuji agreed to come within just half-an-hour of me and Shah Rukh calling them and requesting them to oblige us by making special appearances in our film. I feel that the ideal combo of the 70s would have been Dharamji and Amitabh Bachchan," Farah mused. But with each great idea comes a small glitch. Farah's grandiose idea of bringing together Dilip Kumar, Shammi Kapoor and Dev Anand went for a toss when the latter refused to do a special appearance.
In this day and age, Shah Rukh is the best. She confesses that she finds it difficult to work with other actors after having worked with him. "Frankly, Shah Rukh and I did not know the budget for "Om Shanti Om" when we launched the project. I feel it is tacky to talk about your budget before your film is released. If you make a movie in Rs 10 crores, it can be good."As on the professional front, the going is great on the personal front too for Farah. The mother-to-be is expecting triplets by March next year. She confesses
Post-release of "Om Shanti Om", Farah would start work on the script of "Happy New Year". "The script of that film was not happening the way we wanted it to. Hence we have kept the project on hold till "Om Shanti Om" is released," Farah explained.
As of now, Farah is basking with pride for the way "Om Shanti Om"
has shaped up. She had loved the compositions of Anu Malik in her
maiden venture as a director "Main Hoon Na". "But I wanted a change in
"Om Shanti Om", especially after Indian Idol 3. I desperately needed a
break from Anu who was my co-judge on the show Indian Idol 2," said the
By Jyothi Venkatesh (SAMPURN)