In a picture posting on his twitter account, choreographer Shiamak Davar poses with Aishwariya Rai Bachchan during the Miss India finals on Sunday, March 24, 2013. Davar choreographed Rai Bachchan's return to the stage, where she performed a flamenco-inflected dance from her film "Guzaarish". Image Credit: Supplied picture

Ace Bollywood choreographer Shiamak Davar, who orchestrated Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s stage return on Sunday in Femina Miss India 2013 contest in Mumbai, describes her as his star pupil.

“She was magnificent on stage tonight … she was my student before she became Miss World and she has grown tremendously. It was lovely to watch her dance again,” said Davar in an interview with tabloid! over the phone on Sunday night.

Rai Bachchan, who is on a self-imposed sabbatical from films after giving birth to her daughter Aaradhya in November 2011, brought a Spanish flavour to Miss India contest, using flamenco steps to bring to life the song Udi Udi from Guzaarish. With lips painted red, a black tight bodice, skirt with ruffles and black heels, her return to the spotlight was smooth.

“I have known her for more than a decade now. She has matured and has become a better dancer now. She’s one of the most professional and the warmest person I know. Ask me any day and I will say Aishwarya and Abhishek are my favourite couple,” said Davar.

He also revealed that he is planning to choreograph a dance sequence featuring Bachchan at the forthcoming inaugural TOIFA (Times Of India Film Awards) in Vancouver.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun. We worked together in Dhoom 2, The Unforgettable World Tour and many projects. She’s very comfortable with me and our dance company. She knows our working style and our dancers,” said Davar. The goodwill was on full display as Davar posted a picture almost immediately on twitter that showed him hugging Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. She was surrounded by a set of beaming dancers from his troupe.

“Returning to stage after three years is a big deal. I feel as if we have come full circle. Aishwarya does us proud in every way,” said Davar before he was interrupted by a flurry of congratulatory calls.