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How Farah and Sanjay rediscovered friendship

By Subhash K. Jha, IANS
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View Ismail Darbar's New Album Launch - Picture GalleryAfter a long cold war, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Farah Khan rediscovered their friendship last year on the sets of Sony's dance show "Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa".

Both of them featured on the programme as judges along with actress Shilpa Shetty.

"Farah and I go back a long way. She and I started off together in "1942 - A Love Story". We had the privilege of visually creating R.D. Burman's last melodies. That will always remain among the best work we've done in the last 14 years. Since then we've always got along like a house on fire. We did have a long cold war between us. But now I think we're even more comfortable with each other," Bhansali told IANS.

Remembering her stint on the dance show, Farah says that one of the best things about "Jhalak Dikhla Jaa" was that she got to spend time with Bhansali.

"I jokingly told Sony Entertainment Television they'd have to re-do my contract. The whole day I was only looking after Sanjay. When we meet up we keep going back to our good old days when we were layabouts running around for Vinod Chopra's production house, working away in Dalhousie 14-15 years ago.

"We've gone back to the good old days. And now I find him quite mellow, emotional and changed. In between, he had become quite an angry young man. Now he's just an emotional old man... For me he's just good old Sanjay."

Both were choreographic assistants to Chopra during "1942 - A Love Story". While Farah was to be billed as the choreographer, Bhansali was credited as the director of songs.

Somewhere, the line dividing the two fledgling technicians' job got blurred. And Bhansali felt he was being sidelined in all the publicity and marketing. This created a rift between the two friends.

The fact that mutual 'friends' insisted on adding fuel to fire increased the problems.



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