In a country that has produced some fine dancers; the likes of Pandit Birju Maharaj (Kathak), Sitara Devi (Kathak), Yamini Krishnamurthy (Bharatanatyam), Shiamak Davar (Jazz & Contemporary), Uday Shankar (Indian Ballet), Saroj Khan (Bollywood); it is quite surprising that we haven’t churned out any serious dance films.
|Choreographer/Director Remo D'Souza|
The West seems to have utilized their talent much better than we have. I guess that’s exactly what Choreographer/Director Remo D’Souza had in mind when he decided to announce his next project – ABCD. The movie ABCD, which stands for ‘Any Body Can Dance’ is being touted as not only India’s first serious dance movie, but also our first 3D dance movie.
|ABCD the Movie - First Look|
News of the movie has only hit the press recently. Insiders say that Remo has been fiercely guarding the title and his mystery female lead until now. I remember seeing a tweet from UTVfilms some time at the end of February. I also came across an article that was written on January 10th, which stated that the movie will have a Hollywood dancer/actress. On that occasion, Remo said that he’d like to keep her identity under wraps. However, that clearly seems to be a thing of the past.
The article that appeared in today’s TOI had a poster of the upcoming movie attached with it. The poster gives away our mystery lady’s identity. She’s none other than So You Think You Can Dance contestant Lauren Gottlieb.
|Lauren Gottlieb of So You Think You Can Dance fame|
As for the identities of the other dancing stars; the movie is said to have Ganesh Acharya and Prabhu Deva in very important roles. It is also nice to see that Remo hasn’t forgotten some of his protégés from the show Dance India Dance where he is one of the judges; for contestants from the show – Dharmesh, Prince, Salman, Mayuresh and Vrushali – have also made the final cut.
Remo seems to be overly excited about the project; and why not. He finally gets to direct Prabhu Deva in a dance movie; something that he says he’s dreamt about for a long time. The music composer duo of Sachin-Jigar, who gave the music for Remo’s directorial debut F.A.L.T.U. have also been retained for the movie.
The movie, say UTV officials (producers of the film), should release by the end of the year. Now I guess all we have to do is wait and watch; and while we’re waiting, here is a classic Prabhu Deva track. It is one of my favorites.