“The song Nach Meri Jaan is the first song in the film which establishes Salman, Sohail & all the other characters in the film” says the star choreographer Shabina Khan. In every field of creative endeavor we come across an individual that raises the bar to an ultimate peak for that particular field of artistic achievement. In the arena of professional dancers, we have our very own star choreographer- Shabina Khan who has been one of Salman’s “constant” choreographer from Khamoshi as an assistant choreographer to Dabang, Jai Ho & Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. May be its Salman’s connect with Shabina which draws him to explore her credentials in each of his films.
Shabina calls this song a “special song which is very close to her heart” . Though she belongs to a strict Muslim family, where even watching TV wasn’t allowed, today her name instantly reminds you of a girl who is not only successful but someone who has maintained her family values & relationship. One such relationship which she truely loves is her brother Sharjil Khan. Sharjil who a is chief assistant choreographer to Shabina on the sets of all her films & shares his inputs about the choreography of the songs. It was all because of her bond with her brother that Salman vested his trust on Shabina with this 6-8 mins song “Nach Meri Jaan”– “If you ask me then I would define this song as a perfect blend of dance & story telling. The song depicts the sacred relationship of a brother towards his sibling. Very rarely we come across a song which holds an emotional connect. I could instantly connect with the song because of my relationship with Sharjil. What you see in the song is the exact emotional rapport I share with my three brothers. We as a family understand, love & value each other. The song was not easy but I didn’t had to make them work hard, rather they felt the emo national connect with each other because they are real brothers who pose immense love for each other just like Sharjil & me”
Although Shabina feels that dance is an integral part of a song but the choreographer believes in giving equal mileage to director’s vision, justifying the character in terms of storytelling, appropriate choreography & understanding the audience “Salman & Sohail sir’s characters in the film are such that the song’s choreography had to be intelligent. I gave them such steps which looked believable that their characters could dance like this. It was very important for the audience to believe that if they were Salman & Sohail’s characters even they would dance like this. The key to any hit song is understand your audience, director’s vision & play around the actor’s characters”
The backdrop of the song will transport the audience to the era of 1960s. According to Shabina, there is a lot of research & homework involved in order to capture the essence of the song & justify Kabir Khan’s vision “Kabir sir sat me down & briefed me about his vision with the song. Understanding his brief, I did a lot of research & homework to understand the era of 1960s. I have kept the approach of the song with minimum. There is a function going on in the song, Salman & Sohail sir are eating, cycling; basically enjoying the song. The feeling of the song is very happy go lucky”
Calling Kabir Khan one of her favorite directors, Shabina feels privileged to get a chance to work with him “Kabira Khan, Sooraj Barjatya & Rajkumar Hirani are my favorite directors & no way I would leave a chance to choreograph in their films” further adding “I have given my 200% to this, I hope audience likes & appreciates team’s effort”.