Chat It is all about imagination, says Saroj Khan on the declining standards of choreography
Veteran choreographer and one of the film industry’s most well known faces, Saroj Khan is worried about how vulgarity has taken over dance numbers. “Luckily, I’ve managed to stay clear of obscene gestures. It all depends on the imagination. If I want to concentrate on dance, all my efforts will go only towards dance movements. I will not focus on words that are vulgar or imagine them to be so. If the singer says, ‘Choli ke peeche kya hai’, I will not think about bust, I will think of the heart. That will keep me away from vulgarity,” she says.
The three-time recipient of the National Award for best choreography feels things have changed for the worse when it comes to choreography in films. “Earlier, people didn’t know how to dance; they would stand near a tree and just sway. I would prefer if they went back to that age, rather than what they are doing now. Hip Hop, Salsa and other contemporary dances are spoiling our culture. Even if the words are Indian, they break it into something like ‘Anarkali Disco Chali’. They won’t say ‘Anarkali Kathak Karne Chali’.”
So, who constitutes a good dancer? “A good dancer should be able to study movements with the eyes and have a good memory.”