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“Choreography is much more than fancy footwork”

In spite of delivering some splendid dance numbers, Feroz Khan is still waiting for that one trademark song that will catapult him to fame and glory

The Beginning

I am a typical Mumbaikar who loves dancing and has danced on possibly every occasion as an when the chance arose. I was in std IV when I delivered my first dance performance and since then there has been no looking back. I met Ahmed Khan on the sets of Rangeela, where he was choreographing Yai Re, which became a massive hit. That is when I decided to join as a dancer initially. My first filmy project as a dancer was in Shastra with Suneil Shetty. After that, I assisted Khan for a few months.

Farah Khan – The Guru

Working with Farah Khan was a dream come true. I never dreamt that being a dancer could lead me to become her assistant in a few years. She’s like a machine and worships perfection. I grew technically and also learnt how to manage a crew of dancers, thanks to Khan. A choreographer doesn’t just demonstrate fancy steps; you actually direct the song. First Break The first time I received proper credit was in 2006 for Chup Chup Kestarring Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor. It was for a  song called Shabe firaq. Then there was the Tere bin song from Bas Ek Pal.

Turning Point

The turning point came with Maa da laadla (remix) from the film Dostana and Move your body from Johnny Gaddaar.

Challenges

It takes supreme effort and lots of hard work to become a choreographer. One has to go through the process of being a dancer for a few years, then an assistant for a few more years, and then you are certified as a choreographer. But that’s not all. You have to be creative and bring fresh ideas and you have to be technically strong to execute a song.

Face Value

Usually, choreographers don’t have face value but reality shows are bringing some choreographers recognition. Being a technician, I am happy if the industry knows me.

Future Projects

I have Jolly LLB starring Arshad Warsi and Amrita Rao, then D-Day starring Irrfan Khan and Arjun Rampal. There’s alsoFukrey with Excel Entertainment.

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