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Vaibhavi Merchant

I was working on a film, Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha, with Preity Zinta, Salman Khan and Atul Agnihotri -- which never got released -- when Lakshya started. Preity jumped at the idea of me choreographing a song in Lakshya. She loves my sensibilities and the way I understand characters, actors and aesthetics. I do not include jhatkas just for the heck of it.

Hrithik Roshan, which whom I had worked with in Na Tum Jaano Na Hum, had also recommended me to the filmmakers.

So [producer] Ritesh Sidhwani called me.

I had heard a lot of stories about how adamant and what a slave driver Farhan was. But he is one of the coolest directors we have. He has a GREAT sense of humour. I would fall off my chair laughing at his one liners. He's very sedate and very Generation Next. He understands the other person's passion towards his or her job. Whatever people say about Farhan being shrewd is rubbish!

  He's a great director and technician.

I've choreographed the song, Agar Main Kahoon, picturised on Hrithik and Preity. It's a very narrative, interactive and funny kind of song. It's almost like the song has dialogues. We shot it in five days in Delhi. I chose the costumes. They had to be casual, as they were also part of a scene.

Since I did Na Tum Jaano Na Hum with Hrithik, it was a kind of reunion for us. He is one actor who rehearses a lot even though he doesn't need to. He would be petrified before performing each shot. He's full of nervous energy -- he excels in it. Nervous energy does wonders for him, though it won't be good for his health!

I have made them do lengthy shots in that song. Brilliant actors can carry off lengthy shots. And that's what really works. I haven't played with the camera or shot the MTV way.

The setup matters a lot, too. I was looking forward to one where you just take over the song. I was very comfortable with this unit. I was not in any pressure though I was the newcomer on Farhan's sets. For an outsider, it was cool!

Vaibhavi Merchant spoke to Ronjita Kulkarni

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