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Step up and dance

On International Dance Day, ace choreographers share their passion for dance, reports Navdeep Kaur Marwah.

art and culture Updated: Apr 29, 2012 01:04 IST
Navdeep Kaur Marwah

To most of us, dance comes naturally. And to the rest, they may not get the rhythm right, but they’re always ready to sway to a good dance number, especially if it’s a Bollywood tune. So, as the world celebrates International Dance Day today, we ask leading Bollywood choreographers what makes them so passionate about their profession. Read on as dance gurus Saroj Khan, Farah Khan, Shiamak Davar, Geeta Kapoor, Remo D’Souza and Bosco Martis share their eventful tryst with dance and more.

Farah Khan
Age: 47
Dance to me is: Source of happiness
My journey with dance: I had no formal training in dance and whatever I learnt about dance was by watching Michael Jackson and his videos, especially Thriller over and over again. I consider him as my guru. I thought I would retire once I get to choreograph him. But unfortunately that would never happen as he passed away in 2009.
Best Bollywood dancer(s): Govinda
Bollywood star(s) who need to work on their dancing skills: There are many.
A song I wish I had choreographed: Loads.

Remod’souza
Age: 38
Dance to me is: Life. It is love and it gives me a feeling of freedom.
My journey with dance: I was a sportsperson as a child but once I saw Michael Jackson, he inspired me to take up this career.
Best Bollywood dancer(s): Hrithik Roshan, Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor
Bollywood star(s) who need to work on their dancing skills: Sanjay Dutt
A song I wish I had choreographed: Zara Dil ko Tham Lo (Don 2)


Saroj Khan
Age: 63
Dance to me is: Life
My journey with dance: It has been nice, sweet but I really worked hard all through it. I started dance at the age of three and later learnt from my master, B Sohan Lal. My shadow was my inspiration.
Best Bollywood dancer(s): Madhuri Dixit
Bollywood star(s) who need to work on their dancing skills: If I answer this, many will get angry. All I would say is that all the ladies need to work hard.
A song I wish I had choreographed: Too many. I wouldn’t like to name any.


Shiamak Davar
Age: 50
Dance to me is: Something through which music is made visible. It is a soul-to-soul form of expression.
My journey with dance: It has been a tough one. When I started around 25 years ago, dancing was not considered a ‘good’ profession. But I am proud of all that I have achieved.
Best Bollywood dancer: There are many such as Helen, Madhuri, Aishwarya, Shilpa, Shahid, Hrithik and Govinda.
Bollywood star(s) you need to work on their dancing skills: John Abraham and Saif Ali Khan. There are others as well.
A song I wish I had choreographed: Chikni Chameli (Agneepath) or Dola Re (Devdas).

Geeta Kapoor
Age: 39
Dance to me is: Everything
My journey with dance: It involved a lot of struggle and has been a great learning experience. My mother really encouraged me to take up dance.
Best Bollywood dancer(s): Technically it has to be Hrithik and for sheer love for dance, I would say Govinda.
Bollywood star(s) who need to work on their dancing skills: Lots of them.
A song I wish I had choreographed: Aaja Nach Le (Aaja Nach Le)

Bosco Martis
Age: 37
Dance to me is: Life
My journey with dance: I used to be very shy as a kid but dance gave me a new life. My inspiration in dance has been Gene Kelly.
Best Bollywood dancer: Hrithik Roshan, Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor.
Bollywood star(s) who need to work on their dancing skills: I think there are no bad dancers. Everyone can dance.
A song I wish I had choreographed: Chikni Chameli (Agneepath)