Sonia Jaffer is a successful Indian dancer and choreographer. In an interview she revealed that she was born in Mumbai. Her father is Tanzanian and mother is Indian. She grew up in Kuwait. She went to royal school of dance in London to learn basics at the age of 7 and became the only Indian who got a scholarship from the school. She also studied contemporary dance form from the laban dance center in London while gaining her knowledge in Latin American ball room and standard dances from the Dallas school of performing arts which is situated in Texas. Her career began when she took part in “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa ” which is an Indian dance show. Her partner was Mahesh Manjrekar. Her work was to choreograph his partner’s dance. She took him up to semi finals in the competitions where they lost. She again participated in the 3rd series of the same show, “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3” where her partner was Bhaichung Bhutia. They performed tremendously and went to finals where they both finally won the competition and earned huge fans. She has also worked in some famous Bollywood movies like Nishabd, Welcome to Sajjanpur and Meerabai Not Out.
Shruti Merchant Hindi Actress

Shruti Merchant

Born to the dancer whose father infused the style of Jaipur into Bollywood songs and that has lasted for several years to come, the late Shri B.Hiralal, Shruti was trained both in Kathak and Bharatnatyam. She stepped onto the dance platform at first, by assisting her sister, the famous choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant. Vaibhavi has choreographed for films such as; Dhoom 1, 2 and 3 - this series, needless to talk about the dance in all the three films, the songs; Dhoom, Crazy Kiya Re, etc. She went on to be such big blockbuster hits not just because of Aishwarya Rai but the choreography as well. Other films such as the SRK starrer Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Madhuri Dixit in Aaja Nachle, The famous SRK starrer movie - Kal Ho Na Ho, in particular for the song Pretty Woman, It’s the time to disco, Maahi Ve, etc. All these songs were such blockbuster hits also because of the choreography. Also films like Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas, which is needless to talk about the dance involved in his films, what brilliant choreography especially for the song ‘Dola Re Dola’. Furthermore films like Dostana, the songs; Desi girl and Shut up and Bounce, then came Tashan and many others. For all of Vaibhavi’s choreographed films, Shruti Merchant accompanied her as well. Shruti toured for five years to several places; Canada, Switzerland, US, New Zealand, Australia, U.K, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, South Africa, Thailand, Romania, China and Singapore, for her theatrical 'The Merchants of Bollywood', which revolved along the lines of Vaibhavi and Shri B.Hiralal’s career as a choreographer. Shruti danced her way to fame with her first film, Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl for the song, Thug Le, for which she won the Best Choreographer by Big Entertainment. She later stepped onto the dance platform on the small screen as a judge for one of India's most famous reality TV Show on Zee TV - Dance India Dance in the year 2013. She then went to kick start with her production company, 'Quintessence Entertainment Productions' with the sole purpose of bringing commercial theater into the Indian Entertainment Market. She later went on to produce and direct 'Taj Express’ which is India's first international production. This musical premiered at the Jamshed Bhabha Theater in Mumbai, and it's World Premiere took place at the Esplanade Theater in Singapore in 2012. After which they went on to complete over 25 shows in about ten different cities across China. They also went on to perform at the '15 th Turkish State Theater Sabanci International Adana Theater Festival' in March 2013. She then shook a leg with her second theatrical musical, 'Taj Express the Bollywood Musical' which performed under the banner name 'Bollywood Express' and went on to complete 45 shows in about 36 cities in France, all in a span of two months; November and December in the year 2013. She then toured in Taiwan, at the Taipei National Theater between 21 st to 28 th July 2014. After all the fame and talent she exposed to the whole wide world, she was called to perform at the 50 th Annual International Festival de Carthage in Tunisia and also at Bangkok's 16 th International Festival of Dance and Music. The show went on to make its rounds at Russia in the months October and November 2014. They went on to perform 15 shows in thirteen cities. Upon reaching France later, they completed 23 shows in 15 cities across the country. Kudos to one of the most hardworking choreographers in India.


Longinus Fernandes

Longinus Fernandes is a very known Indian celebrity. He is a choreographer and dancer by profession. He celebrates his birthday on 20th October every year. He has received lots of prizes for his accomplishments including a Filmfare Award for Best Choreography in 2009 for the movie Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na and Song- Pappu Can’t Dance Saala. This song and the dance steps was so much loved by the audience that still if the song plays, no one can stop themselves from dancing the steps of the song. He has also worked in numerous Hollywood movies like Slumdog Millionaire, Bollywood Hero, and others. Slumdog Millionaire is an Oscar-winning movie, but it may be the lack of luck of Longinus that the director of the film forgot to give him the credits of choreographing the song Jai Ho. Later on, in the Academy Awards, he apologized in front of the audience and accepted his mistakes and finally, the credits were given to him. Then he was awarded the “Fred Astaire Award” for best film choreography in Slumdog Millionaire. He started his career as a dancer in the Hindi film industry in the early 1990’s. Later on, he also started choreographing independently with the film named Dil Ka Doctor. Though this went unnoticed and he came into limelight only after he took part in the reality show, Jhalak Dikhhla Ja (Season 1) which is a dance reality show and aired on Sony Tv in 2006. He was paired up with the actress, Shweta Salve. They couldn’t win the show but was adjudged as the runner’s up. He was the choreographer for the dance show “So You Think You Can Dance” for three consecutive years. Another version:  Longinus Fernandes is an esteemed Bollywood choreographer and a dancer. He has been credited for his popular work in Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire final songs, ‘Jai Ho’. Longinus started his career in early 1990s in Hindi cinema industry. He won Filmfare Best Choreography Award and Astaire Awards for best film choreography in 2009. He has worked in music videos, films and television. He has also worked as choreographer in the famous television show ‘So you think you can dance’ Canada for three years in a row. Fernandes’ work experience with the eminent director Danny Boyle has been phenomenal. Danny trusted him and guided him to keep the choreography moves simple and real as it will bring out the right essence of the song, everyone knows how wonderfully it worked for them. The choreography here was a challenge to him since both the lead actors were not dancers. He mentioned in one of his interview that he or anyone from the makers had faintest idea that the film would be such a great success and would be recognised as one of the masterpiece in the film industry nation-wide. The success of the movie was a turning point of his career as not only did it bring him projects outside his country but also got him to another level of achievement he had never dreamt of. Fernandes’ opportunity of being a choreographer along with the exceptionally amazing dancers has not been less than a dream come true for him. The hunger for learning is something that swept his feet off. He doesn’t find it any different to choreograph for Bollywood or other styles as according to him execution is similar and both needs to have the right postures and techniques to represent themselves. He insisted that the growing popularity of Bollywood dance form in western countries was due to the abundant population around the globe and the unbelievable number of films that release each year in different languages. Longinus is a freestyle dancer and more of a performer. He follows Elvis Presley, James Brown, Michael Jackson and John Travolta and is extremely proud to be able to reflect all their styles in his way. He started off as a dancer and eventually by crossing each path he has achieved immensely and has reached the point he is at today. He has been working on Bollywood and Hollywood movies parallelly. He gives the credit to Farah Kahan for shaping his career. She helped him with work when he had nothing in his hands and convinced other stars too that he would do a great job. He did not get all the success overnight but he had to push himself through all the struggle. And here we are, he is recognized worldwide for his excellent job.

Longinus Fernandes Hindi Actor