50 dance forms in 'ABCD'!

New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Songs-and-dances are a routine feature in Bollywood, but would you expect a melange of around 50 dance forms in one film? Remo D'Souza's forthcoming film "ABCD: AnyBody Can Dance" offers just that.

"We are a country that loves dancing, be it on the streets, in the club, during festivities and even when India wins cricket matches. We connect while dancing and each one of us has an unique style of dancing," Remo said in a statement.

"If you are a dance lover, you are going to enjoy this film. One would be able to sample close to 50 dance forms in this film."

He reveals the movie, releasing Feb 8, has "everything from western contemporary, ballroom, pumping and hip-hop to Indian classical forms - mainly kathak, Indian folk, semi-classical and local street dancing that people do during festivities."

The film features veteran choreographers like Ganesh Acharya and Prabhudheva, as well as young dancers.


Soha picks the foreign style of working

Actress Soha Ali Khan is well-versed with the working culture of Bollywood, but working in an international project like "Midnight's Children" was an enriching experience for her.

She admits she learnt some vital lessons while working on the Deepa Mehta film.

Recollecting her time on the sets of "Midnight's Children", Soha said: "I suppose we (Bollywood) have method in our madness in India. Busy film sets, no clear job delineations, last minute hustle bustle and adjustment. It somehow all comes together for the most part.

"In this international production, when someone yelled 'silence', you could literally hear a pin drop. We had workshops, rehearsals; one make-up and hair team for everyone, actors came on time, stood in for eye-lines and cues. It was incredibly professional."

"Midnight's Children" is based on the Booker Prize-winning novel by Salman Rushdie. The movie will be released by PVR Pictures in India Feb 1.


Anurag Basu's 'suit' diaries

Filmmaker Anurag Basu prefers the untucked shirt and casual jeans look the most. So, when he was asked to wear a formal suit as part of his new role as the jugde of a reality show, he couldn't help, but cringe.

It was a role reversal for him - instead of getting behind the camera, he was in front of it for a change for reality show "India's Best Dramebaaz", in which he is one of the judges.

"I was very conscious. The production guys made me wear a suit. I was like, 'I didn't even wear a suit for my own wedding'. I really wondered why they are making me wear one," Basu told reporters here Thursday at the launch of

This is not his first association with a reality show. He has earlier anchored Bengali reality show "Ke Hobe Biggest Fan".


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