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Farah Khan feels the heat

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Farah Khan feels the heat
The promos of Om Shanti Om came out last week and Farah Khan"s excited with the response. Apart from fine-tuning the film"s release (November 9), she"s also busy making constant trips to the gynaecologist to check up on her triplets, due in early February. She tells us how she"s been coping!

What"s the response to the promos?
Great! There have been mixed reactions, but nobody is indifferent. Our tagline is catchy – 'For some dreams, one lifetime is not enough." It"s a very edgy, retro, new age promo done by two youngsters, Amit and Mukul, from Trigger Happy.

It shows glimpses of Shah Rukh (Khan) as a junior artiste and Deepika (Padukone) as a big star. SRK called up from London to say that the Eros website (distributing OSO), which features the promo, has got a record number of hits.

What made you sign a newcomer opposite SRK?
We didn"t want a big star. We wanted to present the actress as a big star of the "70s, so any contemporary actress would not go down well.

Deepika plays a top South Indian star a la Hema Malini, called Shantipriya.Deepika has the looks, carriage, poise and smile — just like Hema Malini — and doesn"t look vulgar in the cabaret songs.

What do you like most about Deepika?
Apart from the first look, which I loved, Deepika"s a superb dancer, has the looks, body and a mobile face. She will become a great commercial heroine and we need actresses like her. In spite of being a teenager, Deepika has a lot of maturity. She"s dignified beyond her age.

There are tremendous expectations about OSO. Are you nervous?
I wasn"t nervous earlier, but I"m beginning to feel the heat now. We didn"t expect the film to get so hyped. It"s scary, yet exciting as it"s gone beyond our control now.

The kind of money offered to distribute the film and the reactions to the promos are overwhelming. From today, we launch our website too (omshantifilm.com), which will have everything from the film"s pictures to information, downloads and blogs.

Saawariya is also releasing on November 9. How do you feel about that?
I wish ours had been a solo release. I"m sure even Sanjay (Leela Bhansali) would have wanted it that way. Both films are of different genres. Saawariya should do well, but Om Shanti Om should do better!

Are you preparing for your new arrivals too?
Yes. I"m thrilled, pukey, tired and excited! I am not reading up on books on motherhood, as they don"t help. I have done some really difficult things, but I didn"t know being a mother would be so tiring. Most times I"m flat out on my back resting!

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