Bollywood choreographer Feroz Khan is full of gratitude these days. The man who has made the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra and John Abraham dance on various songs, is currently enjoying his stint as a judge on the latest season of dance-based reality show, Dance India Dance. “I have worked really hard to reach here. I am enjoying this current role and all the praises coming my way,” he says.
His journey has been very interesting. “I grew up in a chawl. We were poor. But my mom made sure we went to convent school, studies were the most important thing then. But whenever I heard the dhols, I would dance like Mithun daa,” he says adding,
“Dancing wasn’t considered a respectable thing to do. Dancers were called ‘bhands’. In fact, my mom learnt about my talent much later.”
But things have changed for better now, of course. “A lot of people look up to me now. And it has taken a lot of sincerity and hardwork to reach here. I am happy all the efforts have been recognised,” he says.
From assisting choreographer-director Farha Khan to have independently choreographed numbers for big-budget projects, such as Chennai Express, Feroz has also appeared in a few ads with the likes of Akshay Kumar.
He attributes his success to “Farah maa, and SRK”. But it is the dance reality shows that helped choreographers. “The dance reality shows have brought a lot of respect to dancing, dancers and choreographers,” he admits.