These days choreography is no longer confined to designing correct postures or movements. Choreographers are setting new benchmarks in terms of creating a blend of dancing decor before the camera. Ace choreographer and director, Ahmed Khan, who is going to judge the dancing sensation aged between 5-14 reality show “Chak Dhoom Dhoom” on Colors, says that he believes in fusion of dance forms. The man behind several Bollywood hit songs has also directed films like “Lakeer” and “Fool n Final”.
Here he shares his view on choreography and more...
Q. From “Rangeela” to “Kaminey”, you have choreographed several Bollywood hit songs. How choreography has changed over a decade?
Choreography is no longer confined to designing sequence of dancing moves or steps. I personally believe in film songs there is no need to follow one dance form. It demands a free flow of dancing that passes a current in whoever watches it. There is no dance in “Dhan te nan” in “Kaminey”, but when the track is played it leaves everyone following asymmetric moves on rhythmic tune.
Q. How easy it is to judge dance-based reality show where the focus is on drama and TRP?
When it comes to dancing I am harshly honest. I have made up my mind to look for an exceptionally talented dancer, who has the required flexibility and moves to perform. Today's children are more professional and ambitious. One of my main jobs would be to make them see winning and losing as part of the game.
Q Is dance becoming more camera-prone these days?
Without talent dancing can't be camera-friendly. And I find that the reality shows have taken dance ten step ahead.
Q. More and more choreographers' are venturing into film making…
It is an extension of creativity particularly in India, where song and dance plays an important role in the narrative.
Q. What's next?
I have produced a film called ‘Paathshaala', which is releasing in April. It has Shahid Kapoor in the lead role and you will get to see many child artists of the small screen.
The theme revolves around the pressure that education system puts on our children.