Vaibhavi Merchant (Choreographer)

Vaibhavi-MerchantVaibhavi Merchant is one of the most identified dance choreographers in Bollywood. She started out by assisting her uncle Chinni Prakash. She debuted her acting carrier in the Malayalam film “Snehapoorvam Anna”. But returned to her own roots as choreographer.

She won her first National award for choreographing the dance ‘Dhole baaje’ in the movie “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam”. After a short period she resurfaced to showbiz by choreographing the song ‘O ri chhori’ in the Oscar nominated movie “Lagaan”.

Film Projects

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
2000

Lagaan
2001

Devdas
2002

Dil Ka Rishta
2002

Jee Ayaan Nu
2002

Deewangee
2003

Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost
2003

Rakht
2003

Baghban
2003

Meenaxi – A Tale Of Three Cities
2004

Fida
2004

Lakshya
2004

Dil Maange More
2004

Dhoom
2004

Swadesh
2004

Veer Zaara
2004

Bunty Aur Bubbly
2005

Rang De Basanti
2006

Dhoom 2
2006

Krish
2006

Fanaa
2006

Umraojaan
2006

Babul
2006

Jhoom Barabar Jhoom
2007

Hey Baby
2007

Tararampam
2007

Marigold
2007

Aaja Nach Le
2007

Tashan
2008

Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic
2008

Love Story 2050
2008

Bhootnath
2008

Dostana
2008

Rab Ne Banadi Jodi
2009

Luck By Chance
2009

Delhi 6
2009

Kurbaan
2009

Dil Bole Hadippa
2009

Kambakht Ishq
2009

Wanted
2009

No Problem
2010

Band Bajaa Baraat
2010

Zindaji Na Milegi Dobara
2011
Directed by Zoya Akhtar
Produced by Excel Entertainment

Game
2011
Directed by Abhinay Deo
Produced by Excel Entertainment

Don Ii
2011
Directed by Farhan Akhtar
Produced by Excel Entertainment

Ladies V/S Ricky Bahl
2012
Directed by Maneesh Sharma
Produced by Yash Raj films

Ek Tha Tiger
2012
Directed by Kabir Khan
Produced by Yash Raj films

Aiyya
2012
Produced & Directed by Anurag Kashyap

Jab Tak Hain Jaan
2012
Directed by Yash Chopra
Produced by Yashraj films

Bombay Talkies
2013
Choreography For Completion Of 100 Yrs Of Cinema
Produced by Flying Unicorn Entertainment

Forthcoming Projects

Dhoom-3
Directed by Vijay K Acharya
Produced by Yash Raj Films

Bhaag Mika Bhaag
Directed by Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra

Other Projects

Featured in and choreographed a Malyalam film titled SNEHA POORVAM ANNA, directed by Mr. SANGEET SIVAN.

Performed at Classical Programs. In 1993, performed in the DANCE SOLIDARITY organized by SHRI SACHIN SHANKAR’S BALLET UNIT at Nehru Centre, Mumbai.

Performed TAAL CHAKRA in the KALKA BINDA DIN MAHARAJJI
MAHOTSAV in Delhi and Lucknow for SANGEET NATAK ACADEMY.

Choreographer for a musical theatrical show called ‘THE MERCHANTS OF BOLLYWOOD’ which is based on the life of my grandfather Late Shri Hiralalji and myself, depicting the Hindi film industry as it was in the 60’s and 70’s and the Hindi film industry in its present state. Toured Australia and New Zealand in Sept – Dec 2005 in its first season, toured Switzerland, Germany, UK since September 2006-June 2007 in its second season, toured Serbia, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa, Austria and Australia from Dec 2007 till October 2008 in its third season.

Tour of a theatrical ‘THE MERCHANTS OF BOLLYWOOD’ in Spain, France, Malaysia, Singapore, U.K and Australia. from March 09–September 09 in its 4th season and 5th season starting from November 2009 in U.S. & Canada. Third season of MOB in London Saddlers Wells, 2010.

Judge on the television dance programme called Nach Baliye 3 on Star Plus tv channel in 2008.

Judge on the television dance programme called Jhalak Dikhla Ja on Sony television channel in 2009.

Judge on the television dance program called Zara Nachke Dikha on Star Plus television

Channel in 2010

Judge on Dance Reality Show called JUST DANCE ON STAR PLUS Channel in 2011

Awards

NATIONAL AWARD for HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM
(Dholi Taro)
1999-2000

LASHKARA AWARD
(Best Choreography for the album GHAR AAJA SOHNIYA)
2000-2001

LASHKARA AWARD
(Best Director for the music video JAG JYONDAYA DE MELE)
2001-2002

STAR SCREEN AWARDS
(Best Choreographer for Kajara Re, from Bunty Aur Bubbly)
2004-2005

ZEE CINE AWARDS
(Best Choreographer for Kajara Re, from Bunty Aur Bubbly) 2004-2005

APSARA AWARDS
(Best Choreographer for Kajara Re, from Bunty Aur Bubbly) 2004-2005

IIFA AWARDS
(Best Choreographer for Kajara Re, from Bunty Aur Bubbly)
2004-2005

IIFA AWARD
(Best Choreographer for Aaja Nach Le, from Aaja Nach Le)
2007-2008