By Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News ServiceMumbai, Sep 3 (IANS) It is not often that an Indian choreographer gets an opportunity to train an international star. But choreographer-turned-filmmaker Farah Khan is one of the lucky ones. She was invited to choreograph pop star Shakira’s hit number “Hips don’t lie” for the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.
And the Latin pop star is so impressed with her work that she has asked Farah to choreograph a video for her.
“Shakira and I have connected beautifully. She loves the movements that I’ve given her, so much so that she now wants me to do a music video for her. She’s now into classical Indian dancing. In fact, she hired an Indian lady in Chicago to teach her classical mudras (hand postures).”
Apparently, Shakira is a big fan of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan.
“She has seen my ‘Chaiyyan chaiyyan’ song from ‘Dil Se’. She keeps pointing to Shah Rukh in the song and exclaims, ‘know that guy.’ I told her he’s the Tom Cruise of India. I’ve promised her I’d put her on top of a train when I do a music video with her.”
Shakira performed her item at Radio City with some mudras last week.
“Nearer our films, the parallel would be the ‘Amrapali’ costumes that all our heroines from Vyjayanthimala to Sridevi have worn in our films. All I can tell you is Shakira is damn hot, damn Indian.”
A huge hoarding of Shakira in a sari was displayed in New York before the show.
When asked was she nervous before the show, Farah said: “I’m never stressed about anything I do these days. I only get stressed about my husband and his film.
“But yes, Shakira gave me only two days to rehearse and what we’ve achieved should make all of us in Bollywood proud.”
Farah’s husband Shirish Kunder is readying for the Diwali release of his directorial debut “Jaan-E-Mann” starring Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Preity Zinta.