The year 2013 has been full of good moves,quite literally,for choreographer Shampa Gopikrishna. After making a debut in Bollywood choreographing for Ang laga de from Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-Leela,she is enjoying the reviews for what has become famous as Bollywoods most expensive song from the soon-to-be-released Dhoom 3.
But her moves have been making heads turn for longer. Daughter of well-known choreographer Late Gopi Krishna,she won the fifth season of popular reality TV dance show Jhalak Dikhla Ja. Dance is something Ive always been good at for as long as I can remember. My first performance was when I was four years old, says Shampa,who was in the city recently to judge a dance competition at Symbiosis Centre for Management & Human Resource Development.
Working with the best of Bollywood such as Aamir Khan,Katrina Kaif,Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh in her first two Bollywood projects has been an experience in itself for Shampa. Dance is all about pushing the boundaries and challenging oneself. Malang was a particularly big challenge because there were more than 200 dancers and stuntmen at the studio simultaneously, says Shampa,adding that she had not known about how much was spent on the song till recently.
Talking about working with Deepika and Ranveer for Ang laga de,she shares a light moment. I would show Deepika all her steps before the camera would roll. On one occasion,there was a kissing scene in the song and Deepika insisted that since I showed her every step,I should show her how to kiss Ranveer too, says Shampa. She adds that the actor went ahead and even called Ranveer,pushing her to carry out the demonstration. I was so embarrassed and didnt know what to do. Thankfully,Sanjay Leela Bhansali came to my rescue and said it was a prank, she says.
With a few more projects on hand,Shampa says her focus is on reinventing techniques. Dance is all about being different and unique, she says.