Walking the Talk - Jibran Khan talks with You & I

Jibran Khan is the youngest professionally trained fashion show choreographer in the city. Son of the celebrated fashion show director and choreographer Imran Khan, Jibran is a professional dancer as well.

How did you choose fashion show choreography as a profession for yourself?
I started my career at the young age of five with the King of the Ramp, ace fashion show director and choreographer. I was always inclined towards fashion, glitz and glamour. Being professionally trained in fashion modelling and choreography by my father, Imran Khan, I’ve had an opportunity to be on stage, model, act and dance from a very young age. As someone who has grown up with a strong affinity towards dance while watching and assisting the direction of fashion shows, this line was exactly the right direction for me.

How did you prepare for and get into the field of fashion?
I learned to dance professionally from Shiamak Davar’s Dance Institute, and went on to learn professional Latin dance forms from the well-renowned dance instructor, Sandip Soparrkar. This helped me tremendously to understand music, beats, and the art of allowing the music to flow through your body. With this background in dance, I could bring it to use in fashion modelling and choreography, and it has always worked for me to have an edge over others and be versatile in this area.

I got lots of opportunities to model for fashion brands and product launches, and also began to assist in fashion choreography for numerous fashion events and local beauty pageants. But my breakthrough came when I got a chance to train and assist in fashion choreography for the 26 very beautiful contestants for the I AM SHE- Miss Universe 2012 (India) contest that was hosted in Hyderabad by none other than Miss Sushmita Sen.

What are the achievements you’re most proud of?
The I AM SHE- Miss Universe 2012 (India) contest was one of the proudest moments for me. In addition, I have assisted and performed for various respectable organizations such as FICCI FLO and Pink Ribbon, and have also had the opportunity to work with the best Indian and internationally acclaimed designers such as Sabyasachi Mukherji, Tarun Tahiliani, Gaurang Shah, and Anushree Reddy. I have worked with ‘Miss India’ title holders, Bollywood and Tollywood actors, and sports celebrities. I have also choreographed fashion events for the Telengana Artists Association, various fashion and jewellery brands and, of course, the You & I 10th Anniversary celebration!

What’s been your most challenging project so far?
My most challenging piece of work until now has been the Miss Ability beauty pageant, which was held recently in Hyderabad. It involved 16 beautiful and brave physically challenged girls competing, with the most amazing sportsmanship I’ve ever seen, on wheelchairs. It was challenging for me as a choreographer because I had to step out of my comfort zone and think out of the box. The girls, however, were a pleasure to work with, and the whole experience gave me a lot to learn from. I think it has helped me grow as a person as much as it has helped me grow as a choreographer.

What is fashion to you?
Fashion runs in my genes. Being profess ionally trained over the years gives me immense amount of experience to be technically sound, understand the subject in great detail, and execute it with finesse. Many think the catwalk is a cakewalk, but it’s not as easy as it seems. The art of modelling or fashion choreography takes a lot of technical creativity, knowledge and skill. In order to enhance my creativity and take the fashion and events scene a notch above in Hyderabad, I’ve been to London to study professional courses at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.      – as told to Tanya