The Telegraph
| Sunday, June 30, 2013 |

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Stepping stone

Assisting Farah Khan as a choreographer turned Geeta Kapoor's life around

Professionally the most important turning point in my life came when I began assisting choreographer Farah Khan in 1996. A couple of years before that, I had worked with Farah — who is now a director and actress — as a dancer in her troupe. After this I landed a chance to team with director Ken Ghosh to choreograph a couple of music videos. But gradually I began to feel like I was stagnating. I had also gained a lot of weight and therefore could not get back to being a dancer in Farah's group.

So, when I approached her, she asked me to assist her in choreographing the Miss World beauty pageant that was being held in Bangalore in 1996. This turned things around for my career in a positive way and I became assistant choreographer to Farah and we subsequently choreographed many songs together.

Choreographing the song Roshni Se Bhare Bhare from the film Asoka (2001), put me in the spotlight. Again, I owe this to Farah as she sent me in her place to choreograph the song as she was busy with the film Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. The song is very close to my heart as it earned me great appreciation.

On a personal front, my life took a significant turn when I set up my dance troupe in 2003 and began to independently choreograph corporate events, award ceremonies and concerts. Initially, when I started off on my own, I had just one or two members on my team, but slowly the team grew as more people wanted to work with me.

Right now I am judging a dance reality show, India's Dancing SuperStar, on television. Besides, we are preparing for shows that will be held post-August as the monsoon season is a relatively sluggish time for gigs.