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