Going for glitter
Farah Khan has come a long way, from being a celebrity kid to an ace jewellery designer.
Photo: Mohammed Yousuf.
THERE WAS a time when Farah Khan-Ali couldn't tell a ruby from an emerald. That was when she was content being in the shadow of her famous family.
Barring an occasional flashbulb that cleared the shadow around, the paparazzi passed her by. But the cameras are wooing her now for she has now shot to limelight on her own steam.
"Well, I really didn't have much of an idea of what to do when I grew up," she recalls. Despite having noted Bollywood actor-director-producer Sanjay Khan as father, filmmaker Feroz Khan as uncle, actor Zayeed Khan as a brother and hotshot deejay Aqeel as hubby, putting on the greasepaint wasn't her cup of tea. "It was on a trip to Los Angeles that I heard about the Gemmological Institute of America.
I joined for the heck of it but soon discovered I had a knack for jewellery designing," she says. Going back to her college days in the U.S., Farah adds that she was a "nerd who eventually topped the class."
Back in India, she plunged headlong into the glitter world, working on designs that were lapped up by celebrities, including Gauri Khan, Celina Jaitley, Lara Dutta, Perizaad Zorabian and Esha Deol. She is quick to admit that her lineage certainly got the business moving.
Her mother Zarine is a well-known interior designer. "But finally, it's your work that matters. No one would spend a fortune on something they don't like," she says.
Starting out in Mumbai, Farah took her designs to Dubai before showcasing it in Hyderabad recently. "Being a perfectionist, I believe in going slow. I have often rejected designs post-production. My pieces have to appeal to the artist in me before going on sale. When I hit a dead-end on the creative front, I usually take a holiday to recharge myself," says the young designer.
"For the last six months, I have worked on lots and lots of designs," she says.
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