WEB DESK: Our very own Mahira Khan, opened up about the difference in working in Bollywood and back home, in a recent interview with NDTV.
While talking to NDTV, Mahira confessed that she learnt the art of dancing from Bollywood.
“I have danced in the two films I have recently done, but I danced in Ho Mann Jahaan after I came back [from Bollywood] so you see a vast difference between the first film Bin Roye and Ho Mann Jahaan.“, said Mahira.
She added: “[The song] ‘Shakar Wandaan Re’ became very popular, and you see a lot of difference [in my dancing]. I danced khul ke [with abandon], and the credit goes to the choreographers in India, my director, Shah Rukh. They kept telling me ‘Just do it, just forget who’s watching!’.
“We’re not [like that]. Apart from our theatre, drama acting is focused up here [gestures towards face], so we’ve mastered the art of the closeup. We give the right expressions, we cry well, we do confrontations well, but when it comes to body language… you are constricted and cinema is not that,” confessed Mahira.
“Even my director Asim [Raza] would tell me, “Khul ke nacho [dance freely], remember that I’m not taking your closeup, the shot is this wide, and it’s your entire body. So, those were the little little things, or should I say, big, big things, that I learned on the job in India.”
Mahira also learnt some words from Gujrati while playing a Gujrati girl in Raees. “I didn’t speak Gujrati too much, one line and a few words here and there,” she shared, but one of the words stuck in her memory was ‘dafor’, the Gujrati word for ‘idiot’.
Mahira Khan will next feature on screen in her Bollywood debut Raees alongside Shah Rukh Khan.
Raees will hit theatres on July 3 this year.