Vaibhavi Merchant

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Vaibhavi Merchant don2 screening.jpg
Vaibhavi Merchant at a special screening of Don 2
Born (1975-12-17) 17 December 1975 (age 45)
OccupationChoreographer, Actor
Years active1999 – present
RelativesShruti Merchant (sister)
Chinni Prakash (uncle)

Vaibhavi Merchant (born 17 December 1975) is an Indian dance choreographer working in Bollywood films.She has won National Film Award for Best Choreography for the song Dholi Taaro Dhol Baaje from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in 1999.[1]


Merchant born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on 17 December 1975 to Ramesh Merchant and Hridaya Merchant. She is the granddaughter of choreographer B. Hiralal & the elder sister of Shruti Merchant.[2]

She began her career by assisting her uncle Chinni Prakash.[3] In 1999, she did her first solo work for the choreography of the song Dhol Baaje for the film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. She won the National Film Award for Best Choreography for her work.[4]

She had her acting debut in a Malayalam film Snehapoorvam Anna in 2000.

She took a short break from the industry and then returned with the song O Ri Chhori in the 2001 film Lagaan. She then choreographed Kajra Re from Bunty Aur Babli (2005) that fetched her several awards.[5] She continued to choreograph selected numbers in films such as Devdas, Baghban, Fida, Dhoom (As well as its two sequels), Veer Zaara, Aaja Nachle, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Aiyyaa. She also choreographed the Australian musical The Merchants of Bollywood , a musical written by Toby Gough about her family.[6]

She has been a judge on various television dance reality shows like Nach Baliye 3, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 3), Zara Nach Ke Dikha 2, and Just Dance.[7]


As choreographer[edit]

Merchant with Madhuri Dixit whom she choreographed in Aaja Nachle.

As actor[edit]



  1. ^ a b "47th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Directorate of Film Festival". 5 May 2014. Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  5. ^ IANS (27 April 2009). "Sharing platform with Saroj Khan a privilege: Vaibhavi Merchant". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Making the right moves for Bollywood". The Age. 17 October 2005. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  7. ^ Hindustan Times

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