Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Karisma Kapoor's iconic film Dil To Pagal Hai completed 25 year today. Known to be one of Bollywood's biggest and most popular musical dramas, Shiamak Davar was given the responsibility to pull off some spectacular dance pieces. One of them was the Dance Of Envy.
On the occasion of Dil To Pagal Hai's 25th anniversary, Shiamak spoke to PeepingMoon about the Dance Of Envy. When asked whether he would like to reconceptualise it with new-age actors, he said no actress can do what Madhuri and Karisma did. However, he did say, "I can certainly imagine Hrithik Roshan with Allu Arjun and Shahid Kapoor with Tiger Shroff."
Talking about the Dance Of Envy, the choreographer told us, "There was a very small circular stage and I had to create a powerful dance performance between Madhuri Dixit and Karisma Kapoor. Madhuri was classically trained so I used her strength whereas Karisma was more contemporary, more Bollywood-y so there I used her strength. I had to fuse both to make something more like Shiamak's style. The song was a face-off between Madhuri and Karisma in which the latter took off her jacket and then took the centre stage. Even that was choreography for me. Telling a story in a little time was challenging but for me, it became easy thanks to my stage experience. Madhuri and Karisma never counted the beat like how we did. They would say 1, 2,3,4 and I would say 5,6,7,8 but they picked up really fast. Madhuri’s classical grace and Karisma’s contemporary magic made the song iconic. If they wouldn’t do a good job, I would have looked like a bad choreographer."
Dil To Pagal Hai was directed by the late Yash Chopra.