Rohit wrote on 11 Aug 2008
Vaibhavi Merchant was born in 1976. She is the granddaughter of pioneering choreographer Shri Hiralal Merchant.
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. Her first solo work was the choreography for the song "Dhol Baaje" for the hit film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. She won a National Film Award for her work. She took a short break from the industry and then returned with a bang in the form of the song "'O Ri Chhori'" from the Oscar-nominated Lagaan in 2001. She continued to choreograph selected numbers in prominent films such as Devdas, Baghban, Fida, Dhoom, and Veer Zaara. She also choreographed the Australian musical The Merchants of Bollywood, a musical written by Toby Gough about her family. She also choreographed one of the most popular song of 2005, "Kajra Re" from Bunty aur Babli.