Farah Khan reflects on friendship with Shah Rukh Khan: ‘We instantly hit it off’

In a recent interview, Farah Khan opened up about her long-standing friendship with Shah Rukh Khan, which began on the sets of the film "Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa." Speaking to Radio Nasha, the "Om Shanti Om" director shared several interesting anecdotes from their time on the shoot and revealed how she was paid more than SRK for the film.

Farah reminisced about their first meeting in 1991 in Goa, where they were shooting "Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa." She recalled reading an interview with Shah Rukh Khan before meeting him, which left her with the impression that he was "brash and arrogant." Despite her initial apprehensions, their first encounter quickly dispelled any doubts.

"I remember the shoot was on a road, and he was wearing that Sunil’s jacket (SRK’s character in the film) and a cap and practicing trumpet leaning on the wall and Kundan Shah introduced us," Farah said. She added, "Sometimes, you instantly hit it off with somebody. You feel like you’re friends from school. That’s what it was like with Shah Rukh. We had the same interests, we’d read the same books, we had the same sense of humor.”

Farah also shared how Shah Rukh helped her during the budget-constrained shoot, recalling that SRK was paid Rs 25,000 for the movie while she earned Rs 30,000 for choreographing six songs. "The budget was very low. Shah Rukh was paid Rs 25,000 for that movie. I was the highest-paid person in that movie, let me tell you. I was paid Rs 5,000 per song, and there were six songs. Just because of that, I was paid Rs 30,000. We couldn’t even afford an assistant," she revealed.

She narrated an amusing incident from the filming of the song "Aana Mere Pyar Ko," where regular people from Goa were cast, and Shah Rukh had to pinch them as cues for their marks. "He was wonderful," Farah said, praising SRK for his help.

Farah Khan and Shah Rukh Khan have since collaborated on multiple successful films, including "Om Shanti Om," "Main Hoon Na," and "Happy New Year." Their enduring friendship and professional partnership continue to be a significant part of Bollywood history.