Shah Rukh Khan danced at the drop of a hat (without ever dropping his borrowed one!) at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday afternoon. Metro decodes some of his moves that made 119,999 Calcuttans (minus Mamata Banerjee!) dance to his tune
THE BHASHAAN: Durga Puja might be months away, but what’s a Calcutta celebration without some bhashaan steps? And who better to teach “Khan Dada” the matka, the jhatka, than Tolly star Jeet, who
turned star choreographer.
THE FOLK: Bhoomi’s folk tunes got Shah Rukh groovy at the very beginning and so finally when Dhitang dhitang boley started playing, the “son of Bengal” instinctively broke out into the folksy “hip-hop” step that children throughout Bengal can do in their sleep!
KOI MIL GAYA: This is the invisible guitar step from the song Koi mil gaya from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Imagine an air guitar. Imagine you strumming it. Now begin hopping while you move forward. With neither of the Bong beauties, Kajol or Rani, on call, Juhi Chawla was the right choice, baby. “The left hand pretends to hold the chords of the guitar while the right hand fingers have a mock strumming action. The feet movement is simple. The right leg is kicked towards the ground as if one is kick-starting his scooter and hopping on the other,” explained choreographer Rohit Gupta.
THE PELVIC THRUST: For Bollywood, pelvic is always pop. When SRK wanted Didi to move, he chose the signature Bollywood step, purple cummerband in place. One and two, one and two, the pelvic moves he did. And no, Didi did not oblige!
THE BHANGRA: No dance party — at the Eden or in a nightclub — is complete without bhangra. This Punjabi folk dance is fun and easy, all you need to do is put your hands up in the air, lift your shoulders and say ‘ahun ahun ahun’!
THE CHAMMAK CHALLO: When there’s SRK, can Chammak challo be far behind? Along with Tolly actors Dev and Jeet, SRK twisted his hands to a folk number. “The signature step is quite unique and simple. To a layman, it can be referred to as ‘twisting the door knob or changing the bulb’ step. Challas are rings worn by girls and they are round in shape, hence it keeps on rotating. Shah Rukh rotates his palms and moves both his hands in opposite directions in the song Chammak challo. The step hardly has any feet movement,” decoded choreographer Rohit Gupta.
THE RAJESH KHANNA MOVE: In Aap Ki Kasam, Rajesh Khanna did this to woo Mumtaz with Jai jai Shiv Shankar. An iconic step, where the rolling of hands is followed by one hand up and the other below moving. “Head preferably tilted, sporting a smile and a wink,” is how Rohit Gupta puts it.
Pictures by Amit Datta,
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