By AnnieJ on Tuesday May 11, 2010
An article about Sandip! Enjoy!
“Internationally-renowned choreographer Sandip Soparrkar, who has done choreography for films like “Zubeida”, “Kyun Ho Gaya Na”, “Holiday” and most recently “Kites”, says he finds Bollywood dance weird.
“I feel Bollywood dance is weird. It is a mix of all dance forms where you probably don’t know what you are doing. Once you do a salsa step and then you do a B-boying – it is hard to understand what an individual wants to show,” Soparrkar told IANS.
He is currently in the judges’ panel of Zee TV’s children’s dance reality show “Dance India Dance Li’l Masters” along with choreographer-turned-filmmaker Farah Khan.
Soparrkar has worked with international singers like Madonna, Britney Spears and Shakira. He has even choreographed for Hollywood director Rob Marshall’s film “Nine” with Penelope Cruz, Daniel-Day Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench and Sophia Loren.
“Madonna is really energetic. I am amazed to see the energy with which she performs on stage at the age of 51. Britney Spears is extremely professional and Shakira is very dedicated,” he said.
The choreographer feels that Hollywood celebrities are more professional than Bollywood stars.
“Hollywood actors are very professional. The amount of time these celebrities spend on rehearsals is much more than that spent by Bollywood stars. Sometimes Bollywood stars just come and do their steps and perform,” he said.
“This is because of the time-restriction they face. Our actors are working on several films at a time which leaves them with no time to invest in rehearsals,” he added.
Soparrkar said he was eagerly waiting for the release of Rakesh Roshan’s “Kites” which stars Hrithik Roshan, Barbara Mori and Kangana Ranaut. He has choreographed two songs for the film.
“Working with Hrithik was very simple. He is a superb dancer and I really enjoyed working with him. But Kangana turned out to be a complete surprise. We have always seen her doing serious roles but nobody knows she is a very good dancer. She has really amazed me,” he added.
Soparrkar will also choreograph for the Priyanka Chopra-starrer “Saat Khoon Maaf”.”
As an American, I have to say he’s probably right – Hollywood is hardly as active as Bollywood is, so Hollywood actors, comparatively, have more time to commit to their projects. I’m amused that he thinks Bollywood dance is strange – I guess India is just extra unique in its culture, eh? 😉
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