Home Entertainment Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan’s work ethic can be there in Suhana Khan, she would not hand over until she will get it proper: Ganesh Hegde

Shah Rukh Khan’s work ethic can be there in Suhana Khan, she would not hand over until she will get it proper: Ganesh Hegde

Shah Rukh Khan’s work ethic can be there in Suhana Khan, she would not hand over until she will get it proper: Ganesh Hegde


Ganesh Hegde is a veteran choreographer, who has been sporadically venturing into Bollywood over time. In his solely launch this 12 months, Ganesh has choreographed two songs – Va Va Voom and Dishoom Dishoom – for Zoya Akhtar‘s interval musical The Archies. (Also Read: Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti on comparisons with Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar: ‘They have given more hits than anybody else’)

Shah Rukh Khan's daughter Suhana Khan will make her debut with The Archies
Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter Suhana Khan will make her debut with The Archies

In an unique interview, Ganesh talks about experimenting with dance varieties in The Archies, working with Shah Rukh Khan and his daughter, budding actor Suhana Khan, and why he isn’t choreographing in motion pictures that usually. Excerpts:

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Zoya Akhtar has been the visionary behind refreshing dance songs like Baawre (Luck By Chance), Senorita (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara), and Galla Goodiyan (Dil Dhadakne Do). How challenged did you are feeling when she approached you for The Archies?

Zoya needed to work with me even for Luck By Chance, nevertheless it did not work out then. I’m glad she got here again to me for The Archies. I attempt to do one thing completely different with my songs. When I get a tune, I attempt to make it look spectacular. Since I began my profession as a dancer in 1991, I’m used to doing these completely different types of dance, from Broadway to hip-hop to break-dance to Indian classical and people. That got here into useful after I needed to design the rock and roll songs in The Archies. There was a skating tune that Jim Carrey did solo again within the Nineteen Eighties. When I watched it, I assumed when we would be able to do a tune like this.

How robust was it taking pictures the skating tune, Dishoom Dishoom?

The Archies is a movie set within the Sixties. It has a special tradition and flavour. So the tune needed to be in sync with that point of moviemaking. Zoya had this concept in thoughts that I wish to do a skating tune. The problem there’s that you just want skaters who’ve been doing it since their childhood. Because it’s essential to have practised for years. But we had these seven children who’re doing a movie for the primary time. And skating was simply one of many expertise they learnt for the movie. Zoya confirmed me the Reels of skaters throughout India, from cities like Pune and Bengaluru. But their types of skating have been very completely different so to convey them to a sync would have been a problem.

So I received skilled skaters, who might function a great background. Then we skilled these guys for 2 months as a result of it’s totally troublesome to first stability the skates, act, lip-sync, after which dance. Also to remain in a block, not drift away, to remain on the proper distance from the digital camera. It’s fairly a tough tune in the event you ask me. It’s not been achieved earlier than for a motive. There are extra cons than execs. But the forged labored very exhausting and made it look very simple. Because it isn’t.

In each the songs, the choreography is so quick and demanding. But these guys appear to be a breeze. How did you obtain that ease?

With newcomers, the nice factor is that they are actually kicked and hardworking. I might get plenty of rehearsals with them beforehand. The problem with Va Va Voom is that the choreography needed to be round as a result of Zoya had imagined it to be inside a set that regarded like a two-tier cake. Also, we shot at night time. People are drained then so we needed to sustain the power of everybody on the similar time, even within the lengthy photographs. We could not shoot these songs with the common cameras. So our crew got here up with modern cameras to seize the choreography, like a cycle Doddy and a rickshaw Doddy.

One fixed collaborator all through your profession has been Shah Rukh Khan. From the Temptations tour to award exhibits to the intro tune of Kaun Banega Crorepati Season 3 to movies like One 2 Ka 4, Don, Ra.One, and Dilwale, you have given some memorable performances. How was the expertise of working together with his daughter Suhana Khan in her debut film?

I informed Shah Rukh additionally, “She’s (Suhana Khan) so much like you.” She’ll by no means hand over, preserve rehearsing. Even after I inform her, “Bas ab thodi der ruk jao,” she’ll preserve doing it as a result of she’s very clear that she desires to nail each step with perfection. There’s plenty of similarity between her and Shah Rukh as a result of each are so hardworking and disciplined. I by no means used to go with her as a result of I knew she had a degree she needed to attain.

Once she complained to me that you do not praise me. I informed her you are already giving me 100. If I praise you, you’ll preserve giving me 100. Once you end the tune, then I’ll praise you since you’d already be at 150 by that point. Shah Rukh had visited the rehearsals of The Archies. He informed me Suhana complained to him that I do not praise her. He informed her that Ganesh by no means complimented me both as a result of when you obtain a praise, you are feeling complacent.

Shah Rukh has all the time maintained that he isn’t a pure dancer, however works exhausting at getting it proper. Is that additionally the case with Suhana or she has a pure rhythm to her?

Oh, she’s a pure dancer. She’s received a vibe, she’s received grace. I feel she’s labored exhausting on herself proper for the reason that starting. She’s labored on her performing, dancing, and even skating. There’s one shot within the tune Sunoh, the place she skates on one leg and you are feeling she will need to have been skating since her childhood. All the opposite children are also on the market to get it. They understand how a lot competitors there’s out there in order that they have to drag up their socks each time. That’s what I like concerning the new era.

Last 12 months, you probably did solely three songs – Manike (Thank God), Alcoholia (Vikram Vedha), and Kinna Sona (Phone Bhoot). What’s the rationale behind this low frequency?

People have this pre-conceived notion about me that I’d solely do songs which are completely different and large. Well, doing completely different and new is essential, however large not essentially. If you take a look at the skating tune, it isn’t large. It has about six dancers within the background, nevertheless it’s heavy on the idea. Yes, I’ve achieved large songs like O O Jaane Jaana, It’s Magic, and Chammak Challo, however for me, I all the time needed to do songs which are completely different, greater than large. Even if it has solely two folks, it must be completely different. So I’m all the time obtainable to songs which are completely different. But normally today, movies solely have promotional, end-credit songs. It’s like filling within the blanks in a tune. Every tune has a lot cash driving on it, from manufacturing to advertising and marketing. And it has age. So it is higher to do songs in a brand new and completely different vogue, like I did with my album Main Deewana in 2005.

You’ve been the pressure behind memorable ‘item’ songs like Mehboob Mere, Khallas, and Babuji Zara Dheere Chalo. The merchandise quantity is regarded down upon right now. Do you are feeling we should not throw the newborn with the bathwater and give attention to doing merchandise songs with style as an alternative of utterly eliminating them from our ecosystem?

Absolutely. We known as it ‘item’ as a result of it pops up in the course of the narrative, like a particular look from somebody who’s not in the principle forged. Since it was all the time achieved with a feminine actor, it acquired that connotation. But I really feel an ‘item song’ is any observe which has a lifetime of its personal, each throughout the movie and out of doors of it. I take into account Chammak Challo an merchandise tune too, though it was the lead actors who did it. If you do it in a different way, it stands out. You might name it an ‘item song’ or a ‘special song.’ But the development is right here to remain.

The Archies will launch on Netflix India this Thursday on December 7.

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