Aditya Chopra’s Mohabbatein, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, completed its 20th year today. The multi-star romantic drama, which hit theaters on October 27, 2000, was the launch pad of six actors – Uday Chopra, Jimmy Sheirgill, Jugal Hansraj, Shamita Shetty, Preeti Jhangiani and Kim Sharma, and became a blockbuster hit.
On this special day, choreographer Farah Khan shared from the film how she creatively captured the essence of this love story through her dance routines for centuries. “Before Mohabbatein, I had played exactly one song in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, namely Ruk Ja O Dil Deewane. It had become a big hit. Then I did Dil To Pagal Hai for YRF. Yash ji was the director. Do the love song Dholna and the mood song Bholi Si Surat. So I was really excited when Adi told me I was doing the whole Mohabbatein, which was Adi’s second movie after Dilwale, so it was a huge deal! ”Farah reminisces.
Interestingly, Mohabbatein marked the on-screen reunion of SRK and Aishwarya, after they played siblings in Josh. “It helped that Adi was very, very, very clear about what he wanted in each song. Each song had a scenario. It was composed like this, with act 1, act 2, act 3. He knew what was in it. would happen at the beginning of the song and the middle and the end, ”says Farah, who has now made a name for himself as a filmmaker.
Farah reveals that the fact that Aishwarya was a fabrication of SRK was kept a closely guarded secret! “We were not allowed to know at the time whether Aishwarya was Shah Rukh’s imagination or not. He would see her in places and she was the ghost behind the love stories. We fired in London. We fired in frigid nights with rain. And we left. to Switzerland to record two songs, Humko Humise Chura Lo, which I think is one of the best songs in the movie, really beautifully done, “she says.
Farah reveals how Yash Chopra helped his son in Mohabbatein. “I know Yashji was always there on all the songs to assist Adi. Very sweetly he would hold the fog machine and hang the fog just when it was needed. I have never seen anyone physically do it, I know that was one time when I couldn’t yell at the smoke machine person because Yashji did it, and he did a pretty good job with it. So it’s one of my fond memories and experiences working on Mohabbatein, ”she reveals.
Farah lovingly nurtures her creative dealings with Aditya Chopra. She says, “Of course, as I think everyone knows, Adi is very organized. He always made me feel guilty and I always thought I was one of the most hardworking people out there. In fact, even during the lunch hour. “All had lunch and Adi would walk around thinking about what the next shot would be like. I’ve never seen him take a lunch break.”
Farah shows how SRK was a professional to pick up her choreography with the greatest of ease. “With Shah Rukh I had made a lot of movies by then. So all these kids (Uday Chopra, Shamita Shetty, Jimmy Shergill, Preeti Jhangiani, Kim Sharma and Jugal Hansraj) would be doing rehearsals for 2-3 months. And then, Shah Rukh would come and he would learn in about five minutes because he never comes for rehearsals and he would just learn the steps in five minutes, and that was the amazing thing about it! ”
About Aishwarya, Farah says: “Ash is a solid professional, freezing cold in London, dressed in a white lace sari, drenched and she wouldn’t complain. Her and Shah Rukh’s chemistry is slightly different in the film and all of Ek Ladki’s poetry. Thi Anjani Si I think that’s almost become iconic because of the way they did it. ”
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