DU alum­nus re­calls the fun he had with mak­ing Shah Rukh Khan dance

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Back in 2015, when Gur­deep Singh Babbar, an alum­nus of SGTB Khalsa Col­lege, Delhi Uni­ver­sity, got a chance to chore­o­graph for di­rec­tor Im­tiaz Ali’s movie Tamasha, lit­tle did he know that he’d later chore­o­graph for Bol­ly­wood’s King Khan.

Gur­deep has chore­ographed the dance steps for the song Phurrr, which is in Shah Rukh Khan’s most re­cent re­lease Jab Harry Met Se­jal.

“The first op­por­tu­nity I got was chore­ograph­ing for the song Heer Toh Badi Sad Hai in the movie Tamasha. Ab­hishek, the as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of the film, had ap­proached me. It was a plea­sure work­ing with Im­tiaz sir, but I had no idea that we’d be work­ing again,” says Gur­deep, who landed his first Bol­ly­wood project thanks to his bhangra chore­og­ra­phy for his col­lege. “In Septem­ber 2016, I got a call from the line pro­ducer of Jab Harry Met Se­jal, who told me that I had to chore­o­graph SRK’s steps, for Im­tiaz sir’s movie yet again. I couldn’t have asked for more. I was told that the shoot­ing was to be held in Europe — the very idea of chore­ograph­ing a song abroad was ex­cit­ing.”

Once he was in­tro­duced to Shah Rukh by Im­tiaz Ali, the chore­og­ra­pher dis­cov­ered a chal­lenge: the song had no lyrics yet; the track by DJ Di­plo was solely in­stru­men­tal. But Gur­deep got to work. “I showed a bit of bhangra to Im­tiaz sir, and he liked it very much. We started prac­tis­ing with SRK at 2am and the se­quence was shot a few days later. That’s the song that went on to be ti­tled Phurrr, once the lyrics were added.”

The mem­ory that Gur­deep cher­ishes is shar­ing col­lege ex­pe­ri­ences with Im­tiaz and Shah Rukh — all three are DU alumni. Gur­deep says, “One thing [Shah Rukh] said that re­ally touched my heart was, ‘You’re un­touched by the real world. Don’t let any­one kill your in­no­cence ever.’”

Shah Rukh Khan is a very gen­uine and gen­tle per­son, de­spite be­ing such a mas­sive star. He treated me like one of his own; he used to call me ‘beta’ GUR­DEEP S BABBAR, CHORE­OG­RA­PHER

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