Farah Khan has stated that she has not made fun of Saroj Khan in ‘Happy New Year’ though the audience would like to believe otherwise. The director of the blockbuster ‘Happy New Year’ said, “I love Saroj ji. I learnt from her. She is an iconic figure. It was not her whom we have shown in the film. If she feels that it was she then I think we love her from the bottom of my heart.”
Farah Khan debuted as a choreographer in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992) with her timeless choreography of the song ‘Pehla Nasha’. Saroj Khan was roped in to choreograph the track but she had walked out, leaving the door open for Farah to make the best of the opportunity. She proved herself and her friendship with Shah Rukh Khan paved the way for more lucrative collaborations.
Incidentally, Kiku Sharda who plays the ‘fat lady with a big bum’ in Happy New Year ‘ is known for spoofing Saroj Khan in many TV shows, including Comedy Nights with Kapil. So it is up to the junta to decide – has Farah Khan spoofed Saroj Khan or is it just a sheer coincidence.