Farah Khan - Dance Director
1. Farah Khan talks about her work on Rakesh Roshan's "Kaho
Naa Pyaar Hai" (2000) The film won Best Feature film
awards from Filmfare and Screen plus Farah Khan won Best Choreography
awards for the film from Filmfare and Screen.)
One should really say that Farah Khan is
a dance director. She has been credited with bringing a whole
new sensibility to the picturization of the Bollywood dance
number. Beginning in her early career Farah brought the concept
of integrated camera movement and angles, film editing, set
design, costume, and story motifs into the her dance choreography.
This produced dance numbers that were more complex, layered,
and exciting to watch and also helped bring a smoother more
flowing continuity between the film plot and dance numbers.
2. On the set of "KNPK", Farah Khan takes control
of the dance number setting up camera angles and marking the
actors and dancers. She acts as the 'dance director' guiding
every aspect of the song picturization.)
Farah Khan's idea is for the dance director/choreographer
to be involved in all aspects of the song picturization. Farah
was the first person in modern day Bollywood to put this concept
of 'dance direction/choreography' into practice. She states
her influences as Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video and the
dance picturizations of 60s Bollywood director Vijay Anand.
The "Thriller" video must have been a true
revelation for Farah Khan. In many ways "Thriller"s video
is a 'Bollywood' style dance number. It is a small film with
a dance picturization integrated into the story line. But
the dance number of "Thriller" was more than just choreography
and music. It incorporates complex camera movements, set changes,
costume design, and editing with the choreography and music.
It brought all these diverse elements together into a 'high
tech' complete whole, that created a new 'style' and 'look'
to the traditional music video.
3. Hrithik, Rakesh Roshan, and Farah Khan are pictured here
working closely together on the song "Pyaar Ki Kasti"
for KNPK. These images are taken from the 'making of' special
feature on the "KNPK" DVD.)
The song picturizations of Vijay Anand (For
example: "Jewel Thief", "Johny Mere Naam") were directed as
story/songs. Often key elements of plot and character development
took place within his dance/song numbers. Vyjay was a master
of this. Vijay Anand also created elaborate sets and integrated
complex camera, editing, and mass dancer choreography into
4. Filming the title song "Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai" on
location in Singapore. Farah Khan is center frame [inside
the red circle] directing the action. Hrithik and Amisha Patel
perform Farah's famous dance move she created for the film,
the dance move is a linking motif in the films plot. Rakesh
Roshan [in Panama hat] stands behind Farah overseeing the
Farah Khan took these influences and saw
how dance choreography and film direction can be integrated
and make song picturizations more than just 'dancing around
trees'. When she says that "Thriller" and Vijay Anand are
her big influences she means the concept of dance 'direction',
of picturing songs that incorporate camera, editing, sets,
story development, and costume along with choreography.
5. Farah Khan and Rakesh Roshan [in Panama hat] check out
a camera shot for the title song of "KNPH". Farah
has a whistle in her mouth that she blows to call 'action'
to start and stop the actors. It is evident from these images
what a large role Farah Khan plays as Dance Director on the
films she works on.)
Many dance directors have followed suit behind
Farah Khan in her concept of song picturization for Bollywood
films. She rightly deserves credit for her innovative ideas
and raising the level of creativity in the Bollywood film