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Age: 59 Years
Husband: Shirish Kunder
Hometown: Mumbai

 

Farah Khan

Bio/Wiki
Real NameFarahdeeba Khan
Full NameFarah Khan Kunder
Profession(s)Film Director, Writer, Film Producer, Actress, Dancer, Choreographer, TV Judge
Physical Stats
Height (approx.)5' 3" (160 cm)
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBrown
Career
DebutFilm (As a choreographer): Kahan Kahan Se Guzar Gaya (1986)
Kahan Kahan Se Guzar Gaya
Film (As a dancer): Jalwa (1987)
Jalwa
Film (As a film director and script writer): Main Hoon Na (2004)
Main Hoon Na
Film (As a TV Judge): Indian Idol (2004)
Farah Khan in Indian Idol Season 1
Film (As a film producer): Joker (2012)
Joker
Film (As an actor): Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi (2012) as Shirin Fuggawala
Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi
Awards & Honours Awards
Filmfare For Best Choreography
• 1998: Dhol Bajne Laga from the film Virasat
• 1999: Chaiyya Chaiyya from the film Dil Se...
• 2001: Ek Pal Ka Jeena from the film Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai
• 2002: Woh Ladki Hai Kahaan from the film Dil Chahta Hai
• 2004: Idhar Chala Main Udhar Chala from the film Koi… Mil Gaya
• 2011: Sheila Ki Jawani from the film Tees Maar Khan
• 2021: Dil Bechara from the film Dil Bechara
Farah Khan with her Filmfare Award 2021
IIFA Awards
• 2003: Best Choreography Award for the film Mujhse Shaadi Karogi
• 2004: Best Choreography Award for the film Kal Ho Naa Ho
• 2005: Best Debut Director Award for the film Main Hoon Na
• 2009: Best Choreography Award for the film Dostana
• 2011: Best Choreography Award for the film Dabangg
Other Awards
• 2003: National Film Award for Best Choreography for the song Idhar Chala Main Udhar Chala from the Hindi film Koi… Mil Gaya
Shirin Farhad receiving the National Award
• 2013: Stardust Searchlight Award for Best Actress for the film Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi
• 2015: 21st Lions Gold Award
• 2017: Indian Television Academy (ITA) Award for Popular Film Personality on TV
Shirin Farhad with her ITA Award
Honours
• 2022: Pride of India Honour for her achievements and contribution to the field of entertainment at the Society Achievers Awards
Farah Khan with her Society Achievers Award
• 2022: 5th Urja Awards presented by the Gravittus Foundation for her contribution towards Indian cinema
Personal Life
Date of Birth9 January 1965 (Saturday)
Age (as of 2024) 59 Years
BirthplaceMumbai
Zodiac signCapricorn
NationalityIndian
HometownMumbai
SchoolSt. Teresa's Convent School, Mumbai
College/UniversitySt. Xavier's College, Mumbai
Educational QualificationBA Sociology (through correspondence)
Religion/Religious ViewsShe follows Islam, Hinduism, and Zoroastrianism.
Food HabitNon-vegetarian
HobbiesDancing, Cracking Jokes, Travelling, Partying
Farah Khan during her vacation
Social MediaInstagram
Facebook
YouTube
Twitter
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/BoyfriendsAkashdeep Saigal (actor; rumoured)
Farah Khan's rumoured boyfriend Akashdeep Saigal
Shirish Kunder (filmmaker, film editor)
Farah Khan and Shirish Kunder
Marriage Date9 December 2004
Farah Khan's wedding picture
Family
Husband/SpouseShirish Kunder
Farah Khan with her husband and children
ChildrenSon- Czar Kunder
Daughter(s)- Anya Kunder, Diva Kunder (triplets through IVF)
Farah Khan with her children
ParentsFather- Kamran Khan (actor, film director, film producer; died due to liver damage)
Farah Khan's parents
Mother- Menaka Khan Irani (former actress)
Farah Khan with her mother
SiblingsBrother- Sajid Khan (younger, actor, film director)
Farah Khan with her brother
Step-Sister- Sabeeha (actress; from her father's second marriage)
Farah Khan's step sister
Other Relative(s)Maternal Aunt(s)- Honey Irani and Daisy Irani (both actresses)
Farah Khan's maternal aunt Daisy Irani, her mother Menaka Irani, and maternal aunt Honey Irani (from left)
Maternal Uncle(s)- Javed Akhtar (lyricist; ex-husband of Honey Irani) and K. K. Shukla (husband of Daisy Irani)
Farah Khan with her uncle Javed Akhtar
Cousin(s)- Farhan Akhtar (actor, singer) and Zoya Akhtar (film director)
Farah Khan with her brother and cousins
Favourites
Actor(s)Shah Rukh Khan, Boman Irani
Actress(es)Sushmita Sen, Deepika Padukone, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
DancerGovinda
ComedianBhuvan Bam
SingerSonu Nigam
Fashion DesignerManish Malhotra
Travelling DestinationLondon
FoodBiryani, Sea-food
Cuisine(s)Indian, Thai
BookThe Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim
Style Quotient
Car Collection• BMW 730Ld
Farah Khan with her BMW
• Mercedes-Benz GL 350 (gifted by Shah Rukh Khan)
Farah Khan with her Mercedes Benz GL 350
• Mercedes-Benz S 350
Money Factor
Salary/Fees (approx.)Rs. 50 Lakh for choreography of one song
Net Worth (approx.)Rs 75 crore (in 2022)

Farah Khan

Some Lesser Known Facts About Farah Khan

  • At the time of her birth, she was named Farahdeeba. However, after her classmates in school started teasing her by calling dibba (a box), she kept her name, Farah.

    Farah Khan's childhood picture

    Farah Khan’s childhood picture

  • In 1970, she was offered the role of a child actor in the Hindi film ‘Andaz,’ but her father rejected the offer. Her father even stopped her from performing as a dancer at events and competitions.
  • Farah Khan’s parents got separated when she was around 12 years old. She used to live in a slum area with his mother and brother.
  • She once shared that for around 5 years, Farah along with her mother and brother, lived in her aunt Dasiy Irani’s home.
  • Later, they moved back to her father’s house after her mother started working as a housekeeper in a hotel. Her mother used to earn Rs 300 per month by working in a hotel.
  • Her father was a renowned filmmaker until he spent all his savings on making the film “Aisa Bhi Hota Hai” (1971), which was a big flop. Her father lost all his finances, and even her mother had to sell her jewellery to make a living.
  • Her father became an alcoholic after his failure in films and later, he died due to liver damage when Farah was 19 years old.
  • Her father had died with only Rs 30 in his pocket. Farah and her family did not even have money for her father’s funeral. They collected the money from their neighbours.
  • She didn’t have any formal training in dancing in her early career days as she couldn’t afford it. She learnt dancing by just watching dance videos of Michael Jackson. She considers him her biggest inspiration for dance.
  • While growing up, Farah, along with her brother, used to perform in various local dance competitions to earn money.

    Farah Khan in her teenage years

    Farah Khan in her teenage years

  • She did not have enough money to join a dance school. She self-trained herself in various dance forms. She then formed her dance group.
  • Farah and Sajid performed as a backup dancer in the song “Bacha Le Sambha Le Koi To Yahan Se Nikale” in the film “3D Saamri” in 1985. They had mud on their face in the song, that is why their face is not recognizable in the song.
  • She won the competition for Indian entry to the “World Dance Championship” in 1986. Farah & her partner Hemu Sinha went to the UK for the competition where they won the “Friendship Duo” award for being friendly to their fellow participants. Later, she made the film Happy New Year based on this event.
  • She performed as a background dancer in the song “Feeling Hot Hot Hot” in the film “Jalwa” in 1987. She received Rs. 300 per day for working as a background dancer in the Hindi film Jalwa.
  • Later, she requested the Indian film director Mansoor Ali Khan to hire her as his assistant.
  • In 1992, while Mansoor was directing the film Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, the Indian choreographer Saroj Khan left the film midway and Masoor asked Farah to choreograph the song ‘Pehla Nasha’ for the film. She agreed to it and the song became very popular.

    Pehla Nasha

    Pehla Nasha

  • Farah has played small roles in various Hindi films like ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ (1998), ‘Main Hoon Na’ (2004), ‘Om Shanti Om’ (2007), and ‘Khichdi: The Movie’ (2010). She once said that the characters in the film ‘Main Hoon Na’ was inspired by the people of Nehru Nagar Housing Society in Mumbai, where Farah grew up.

    Farah Khan in Main Hoon Na

    Farah Khan in Main Hoon Na

  • She then choreographed many popular Bollywood songs including “Chaiyya Chaiyya” from Dil Se… (1998), “Ek Pal Ka Jeena” from Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai (2000), “Idhar Chala” from Koi… Mil Gaya (2003), “Munni Badnam Hui” from Dabangg (2010), and “Sheila Ki Jawani” from Tees Maar Khan (2010).

    Sheila Ki Jawani

    Sheila Ki Jawani

  • She has also choreographed songs for a few Tamil films like ‘Alaipayuthey’ (2000) and ‘Nanban’ (2012).
  • She has also choreographed for English films like ‘Monsoon Wedding’ (2001), ‘Bombay Dreams’ (2002), and ‘Vanity Fair’ (2004).
  • For the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, she choreographed the Colombian pop star Shakira for a Bollywood version of her song “Hips Don’t Lie.”

    Farah Khan with Shakira

    Farah Khan with Shakira

  • As a director-scriptwriter, she has worked in various Hindi films such as ‘Om Shanti Om’ (2007), ‘Tees Maar Khan’ (2010), and ‘Happy New Year’ (2014).
  • In 2007, Farah, along with her husband Shirish Kunder, started a film production company named Three’s Company Productions Private Limited in which three represent their triplets.
  • In 2012, after a slap controversy between Shah Rukh Khan and her husband, she stopped talking to Shah Rukh. Later, they resolved their issues.

    Farah Khan with Shah Rukh Khan

    Farah Khan with Shah Rukh Khan

  • She worked as a choreographer for the song “Jumping Jhapak” from the official anthem for the 2013 Indian Premier League.

    Jumping Jhapak

    Jumping Jhapak

  • In 2015, she was featured on the cover of Child magazine.

    Farah Khan featured on the cover of a magazine

    Farah Khan featured on the cover of a magazine

  • She has hosted a few Hindi TV shows such as ‘Bigg Boss Halla Bol’ (2015; co-host), ‘Farah Ki Daawat’ (2015), and ‘The Khatra Show’ (2022).

    Farah Khan in Farah Ki Daawat

    Farah Khan in Farah Ki Daawat

  • In 2017, she choreographed Jackie Chan in a song from the Chinese film ‘Kung Fu Yoga.’
  • She hosted a party at her residence for the English singer Ed Sheeran in 2017. The party was attended by many Indian celebrities.
  • Farah has judged many Hindi TV shows including ‘Indian Idol’ (Seasons 1, 2 and 7), ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa’ (Seasons 1, 9, 11), ‘Nach Baliye’ (Seasons 4 and 7), ‘India’s Got Talent’ (Season 4), and ‘Zee Comedy Show’ (Season 1).

    Farah Khan as a judge in India's Got Talent

    Farah Khan as a judge in India’s Got Talent

  • She once shared that she wanted to join the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune in her teens. However, due to her poor financial condition, she could not afford it.
  • She once shared that the Hindi film Sholay was one of her biggest inspirations to make her career as a film director.
  • She is the second Indian female choreographer to receive 7 Filmfare Awards for best choreography after Saroj Khan.
  • Her husband is eight years younger than her. She started dating him while they were working in the Hindi film ‘Main Hoon Na.’ She first had a court marriage with him, followed by South Indian wedding rituals in which the Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan and his wife Gauri Khan did Farah’s Kanyadaan. They also had a Muslim wedding ceremony.
  • She is often spotted consuming alcohol at various parties and events.

    Farah Khan's Facebook post

    Farah Khan’s Facebook post

  • Various Indian actors have shared that while working with her they have faced her anger issues on the sets of the films. She is considered very abusive off-camera. In a leaked video on the internet, she was seen abusing during the shoot.

  • Reportedly, she had a cold war with choreographer, Saroj Khan for around 20 years.
  • In 2019, she hosted a lunch for her Bollywood friends including the Indian filmmaker Vikas Bahl. However, she received criticism from the netizens for sharing pictures with Vikas at the time he was accused of sexual assault during the #MeToo movement.
  • In 2020, she produced the Hindi film ‘Mrs. Serial Killer.’

    Mrs. Serial Killer (2020)

    Mrs. Serial Killer (2020)

  • In 2021, Farah received the UAE Golden Visa for her contribution to Indian cinema.

    Farah Khan with her UAE Golden Visa

    Farah Khan with her UAE Golden Visa

  • In the same year, she collected Rs 16 crores as a donation for a fundraising campaign for a child suffering from a rare genetic disorder called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).
  • She once shared that she had dreamt of becoming an architect.
  • She is an avid animal lover and owns a pet dog named Smoochy.

    Farah Khan with her pet dog

    Farah Khan with her pet dog

  • In 2024, she started her cooking YouTube vlog channel Food With Farah.

  • She once shared a photo on Instagram where she was seen at the Lal Bagh Raja Temple. She got very upset when people started commenting on her religion in the post’s comments section.
  • The Indian choreographer Geeta Kapur is trained under her.

    Farah Khan with Geeta Kapoor

    Farah Khan with Geeta Kapoor