King of cool moves

Choreographer Firoz Khan makes all the leading filmstars dance to his tunes

All’s well that ends well,” says Mumbai-based choreographer Firoz A Khan, as he wraps up work on his next Bollywood outing, in Baraat Company (from the makers of Youngistaan and Laal Rang). His creative zing in making the lead pair Vidyut Jammwal and Adah Sharma dance to his tunes in ‘Hare Krishna Hare Ram’ in the recently released film Commando 2 has paid off big time in the form of a crazy applause. “Earlier, we were working on the ‘Humma remix’ for a few months, before the song moved on to another film, OK Jaanu,” he reveals. “Of course, that was bad luck for us. We were quite disappointed. But nothing could be done about it. Better things were meant to happen, I realise now in retrospect. Then ‘Hare Ram Hare Krishna’ fell into my lap.

Choreographer Firoz A Khan makes all the leading filmstars dance to his tunes

It was a challenge portraying the moves in a more stylish and different way from how filmstar Akshay Kumar had portrayed them in the mega thriller Bhool Bhulaiyaa. I had trained Vidyut and Adah intensively for this number in Commando 2, and it turned out very well,” Firoz shares. Of course, with no godfather in Bollywood, Firoz has worked his way up slowly through hard work and an inborn flair for dance. He has grappled with several challenges to carve a firm foothold for himself in the film industry.

Born in a simple family, Firoz always had dreams of making it big in Bollywood. Over the years, he has graduated steadily from being a dancer to an assistant choreographer to being one of the most highly sought-after choreographers in Bollywood today. Looks like he’s staying true to his dreams, after all! During his early years, Khan perfected his dance moves under the able guidance of several established names in the fiefdom of dance: Ganesh Acharya, Farah Khan and Remo D’souza.

Shilpi Madan for Deccan Herald

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