Salman Yusuff Khan

I moved to Bangalore from UAE, to pursue a career in mechanical engineering. On my arrival, I joined dance classes and was obsessed with it, and I was forced to quit before my final exams so that I could concentrate on my education. I had no formal training and being born into a conservative family only meant emphasis on education more than anything else. One of my colleagues suggested that I audition for a dance reality show and I agreed. I knew that my parents wouldn’t be too happy about it, but I wanted to at least give it a try so that I didn’t have any regrets. I did qualify for the final round, which gave me sleepless nights because I had kept it hidden from my family. When I told my mother, she told me that my father would never be supportive of my decision and unfortunately, I had to travel alone to Mumbai on a flight ticket I could not have afforded without borrowing money.

I managed to win the dance show, but all the fame and glory was short-lived because I was out of work. Dejected, I approached my mentor from the show for help. He offered to take me under his wing and offered me a job as an assistant director for his upcoming movie. Being behind the camera was fun and it gave me the necessary exposure. I was soon offered a job as a choreographer for another dance show and despite my scepticism, I took it up. I knew that I had no formal training and competing among professionals was a different thing altogether. None the less, I agreed and was appreciated for my choreography skills.

After a few months, my mentor mentioned casting me in one of his movies, but I laughed it off because I thought that he was just joking. Little did I know that he was serious. I soon started working on it and the movie turned out to be a huge success. It opened the door to success for me and gave me the confidence to believe in myself. From a shy boy to an accomplished dancer and choreographer, my journey has truly been fulfilling. I hope that it continues.