When fear­less SRK did what Lobo didn’t ex­pect him to do

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Chore­og­ra­pher Ash­ley Lobo (right) says chore­ograph­ing Shah Rukh Khan (above) was a de­light­ful ex­pe­ri­ence as the ac­tor is full of ideas and even adds in­ter­est­ing nifty move­ments of his own. While di­rect­ing him for a song in film­maker Im­tiaz Ali’s Jab Harry Met Se­jal, Ash­ley was sur­prised to see the fear­less side of the ac­tor.

“It was my first day on the set and there was this shot in one of the tracks where the ta­ble is about 3.5 feet high and it re­quired Shah Rukh to take two steps and jump on the ta­ble. Im­tiaz and I felt it would be nice if Shah Rukh could do it but con­sid­er­ing his in­juries in the past, I was scep­ti­cal about him do­ing it,” he re­calls.

But Ash­ley was sur­prised how Shah Rukh smoothly went ahead with the dance se­quence. He later learned that af­ter Imi­tiaz ca­su­ally men­tioned the same to Shah Rukh, he read­ily agreed to do it. “Be­fore I could even re­alise, Shah Rukh took three steps back, swiftly jumped and was on the ta­ble. If I had to ask one of my 25-year-old dancers to do so, they’d think ten times. But then I sud­denly re­mem­bered — since I know him for a long time — Shah Rukh was a gym­nast and a soc­cer player — all of a sud­den it dawned on me that I should have ex­pected him to do so,” he says.

Ash­ley also is full of praises for SRK’s co-star in the film, ac­tor Anushka Sharma. “I al­ways en­joy work­ing with her. Hav­ing worked with her in Bom­bay Vel­vet (2015), I know how good a dancer she is. This time around, it was great too as she is re­cep­tive, ready to take chal­lenges and quite pro­fes­sional,” adds Ash­ley, who has chore­ographed a few songs in the film, while the rest have been done by Vaib­havi Mer­chant.

Be­fore I could even re­alise, Shah Rukh took three steps back, swiftly jumped and was on the ta­ble. If I had to ask one of my 25-year-old dancers to do it, they’d think ten times ASH­LEY LOBO, CHORE­OG­RA­PHER

PHOTO: AFP

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