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'Bollywood dance films look copy of Hollywood'

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Choreographer Terence Lewis feels Bollywood dance-based films lack originality and look like a mere copy of their Hollywood counterparts. Terence says it is okay to look at the West for inspiration when it comes to technicalities, but aping their dance forms is not done.

"Bollywood dance films look completely borrowed from Hollywood. Even the terminology 'Bollywood' sounds like a copy. We can look at the West for their brilliant technology in films, their production values, but why copy the dancing style?"

The 41-year-old choreographer hails the 1986 film "Naache Mayuri" as a movie, which showed Indian dancing style while telling a great story.
"Sometimes Hollywood's script is bad but production value is great. In our case, both are bad. There is no originality in our dance films, there is no story of India and our dance forms, Whatever I have seen, they have been typically copied from Hollywood."

He is currently seen as a judge on the Indian version of American dance reality series "So You Think You Can Dance". Terence, who has choreographed for films like "Lagaan" and "Jhankaar Beats", says Bollywood films should incorporate various dance forms shown on reality shows. "Artists will need time to learn various dance forms while these kids have been doing it for years. Bollywood is very 'jugaadu' in choreography, it runs on star power and nobody is evaluating you. But in TV, you have to be correct, you are being judged and you can't fool. So that major difference is there."

The choreographer credits the lack of "melodrama" on the dance show, which reality shows often succumb to. "There are jokes and fun but we don't focus on melodrama or sell a poor guy's story. There is no space for emotional 'atyachaar'. Dance is the only DNA of the show. The quality of dancing has gone up tremendously. Now, nobody is just dependent on their 'guru', people are updated about various dance forms, they have exposure to the world and they have set a higher benchmark for themselves."

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