No festival or celebration in India is complete without dance and song sequences. The Indian film industry plays an important role in improving the culture of song and dance. Today, on the occasion of International Dance Day, Bollywood Hungama spoke to actor-dancer Sandeepa Dhar about his passion for dance and what it is like to be part of the industry which has a rich dance culture and over the years has created his own brand of dance – Bollywood.
Sandeepa Dhar has been dancing since she was little and is also trained in Bharatanatyam. She credits the dance with helping her to be disciplined, a hundred red, and self-aware. When asked how dancing has helped her find solace during these difficult times, Sandeepa said, “I feel like dancing has been my savior. In times of negativity, sadness, anger, joy, ups and downs and all, that’s what kept me sane. It kept me in balance, because music and movement are two things that scientifically also help you release a lot of hormones. A lot of sadness and negativity comes out of your body. You are basically sweating. Sometimes it can also help you come to terms with yourself and make you more aware of your own feelings. “
When it comes to the film industry, choreographers often don’t get as much credit as they deserve. Sandeepa, too, insists on this and spoke of a choreographer who never fails to amaze him with her talent. “I have the impression that the choreographers are not given enough credit. I think the technicians are not sufficiently credited. When something goes well, you give credit to the actors. When something goes wrong, you blame the actors as well. If I had to choose an industry choreographer and salute him for his talent, it would certainly be Ganesh Hegde. I think he has been a game-changer in our industry. I’m really sad that I can’t see him doing enough. It is breathtaking. He does a lot of stage shows; he doesn’t make as many films anymore, which is unfortunate. I am a big fan. I think he’s one of the most incredibly talented choreographers because he’s ahead of his time. The way his musicality is, the way he visualizes and conceptualizes is amazing.
Sandeepa is also a fan of Prabhu Dheva who always managed to break through the roof with his choreography. “Every time I watch something that Prabhu Dheva choreographed, it blows my mind. Even now when I watch ‘Main Aisa Kyu Hoon‘, that blows my mind because the way he choreographed it, the musicality and the visualization, it’s all just fantastic. His movements are always so unique, you would never have seen them before, it’s very hard, it looks very easy but it’s very hard. The way Hrithik performed this song is truly amazing.
Speaking of Hrithik, Sandeepa also expressed his desire to someday dance with the actor. “I am a big fan. I think Hrithik is super amazing. The best dancer we have in our country without question. So talented, so handsome. He can play and dance. He’s fantastic and I’ve always wanted to work with him. Fingers crossed, I will have the opportunity to dance with him or be with him on screen very soon. I think I got the word out in the universe. “
Meanwhile, on the job front, Sandeepa will be seen in the series soon. Chattis Aur Maina which was announced recently. While recent trends have shown that films and series made for digital are devoid of dance and song sequences. however, Chattis Aur Maina will have a lot of dance and song sequences. “Chattis Aur Maina is a song and dance series where I play a dancer and I danced there a lot. So maybe it’s the change that awaits and Hotstar has taken the trouble to be the pioneer in changing what you assume you have stepped back from. Now, they have become the leaders in showing the world, even in the digital space, that we can have song, dance and storytelling together. “
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