She won a National Award for her choreography for the song Ghoomar in Padmaavat, featuring birthday girl Deepika Padukone as Maharani Padmavati. Dance director Kruti Mahesh Midya, who started out as a reality show contestant and choreographer-director Remo D’Souza’s assistant, chooses Deewani Mastani from Bajirao Mastani as her favourite Deepika Padukone-song which she has worked on.
“Deepika Padukone became a huge part of my journey as a choreographer. It started off with Balam Pichkari in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. I was assisting Remo sir. But Bajirao Mastani holds a special place in my heart. I had a chance to work with a stalwart like Sanjay Leela Bhansali, a graceful artiste like Deepika, and I was executing Remo sir’s vision for the song. In all these years that I have worked with Deepika, I have seen how professional she is at work and how warm she is as a person. There’s something so giving about her. As performing artistes, if we don’t surrender to the process, it’s not fun. Deepika surrenders to the craft, completely. She makes such difficult choreography look so easy on screen. She makes it all look so effortless. Ghoomar in Padmaavat was not easy. The song required so many different takes, so many turns that she had to do with that jewellery, that make-up and costume. Not once did she ever frown or show discomfort. She is fun to work with. All heart!”
Recalling the time when she choreographed Ghoomar, whose choreography won her a National Award, Kruti, who is now choreographing Alia Bhatt in Gangubai Kathiwadi and Taapsee Pannu in Rashmi Rocket, says, “I still remember how casually Deepika walked in on the set, in that get-up. It was almost as if she’s lived all her life in this avatar. People’s jaws dropped. I’ve seen how wonderfully she took directions from Sanjay sir. I vividly remember, each time she took a turn during Ghoomar, her nose-ring would fall off. It would just fly off her nose and fall somewhere on the floor. Poora unit lag jaata tha dhoondne mein, including Deepika. She would also help out. And this happened with every spin in the song. Today, although I know Ghoomar has been loved and appreciated at another level, Deewani Mastani is my favourite song on which I worked with Deepika.”