Tiger 3: Choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant on Designing the Dance Number

Every time Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif unite on screen, the challenge for the makers is to surpass their previous performances. Choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant, who has worked on previous installments of the Tiger franchise, also felt this responsibility when she was called upon to design the da...

Tiger 3: Choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant on Designing the Dance Number
Choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant on Crafting the Dance Number for Tiger 3

Every time Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif unite on screen, the challenge for the makers is to surpass their previous performances. Choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant, who has worked on previous installments of the Tiger franchise, also felt this responsibility when she was called upon to design the dance number Leke Prabhu Ka Naam for Tiger 3. The goal was to create something bigger and better this time around. \n\n To create the desired impact, Merchant had a specific vision for the background of the song. Producer Aditya Chopra and director Maneesh Sharma knew just the place to fulfill this vision – Cappadocia in Turkey, known for its stunning rock formations, caves, and hot air balloon rides. \n\n The song, composed by Pritam, was shot over a span of five days in this picturesque region of Turkey. Merchant, who had previously worked with the lead actors in Ek Tha Tiger and Tiger Zinda Hai, was confident in their ability to bring the song to life. Their good looks, chemistry, and confidence in front of the camera were sure to captivate audiences. \n\n While Katrina Kaif is known for her smooth moves, it is Salman Khan who surprises with his dancing skills in Tiger 3. According to Merchant, Khan's exceptional performance can be attributed to the energy on the day of the shoot. As they arrived in Cappadocia, the local audience gave them an enthusiastic reception, with cheers for Salman Khan. This made him feel like a rockstar, which is reflected in his appearance in the song. \n\n Merchant also reveals that the iconic hook step of the song was not conceptually planned but rather originated from an instinctive groove during the rehearsals. She and her team recorded the movements that naturally flowed while listening to the song, and then envisioned Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif performing the steps. \n\n Tiger 3, which also stars Emraan Hashmi, has been shot in multiple locations including India, Turkey, Russia, and Austria. Fans of the franchise eagerly await the release to witness the chemistry and dynamic dance moves of the talented lead pair once again.