In an interview today, choreographer Terence Lewis didn’t mince any words and made rather alarming, albeit honest, statements about what becomes of the art of dancing in a place like Bollywood. Once a student at the Broadway Dance Center in New York, Terence Lewis has come a long way since his first stint as judge on the Indian dance reality show ‘Dance India Dance’.
Today, he’s made enough of a name for himself to say it like it is, and he doesn’t pull any punches.
Right off the bat, he talks about how his dance classes were a miserable failure when he first started out, so he became a fitness trainer.
I was so good that my classes would be full. Gauri Khan, Namrata Shirodkar, Madhuri Dixit, Pinky Roshan, Sussanne Khan… everybody connected to Bollywood was a part of it.
He goes on to say choreographing for Bollywood can get really boring, real fast. And a lot of it has to do with the fact that a lot of really good dancers are far too busy with their looks to really enjoy dancing.
Most dancers like Aishwarya (Rai Bachchan), Deepika, Priyanka and Kareena are fabulous but I don’t see them enjoying it the way they should. Their focus is on, ‘Am I looking beautiful?’
He misses Saroj Khan, loves Farah Khan and his favorite Bollywood dancer is Madhuri Dixit.
Madhuri (Dixit-Nene) is the best. She’s is not mechanical. I worked with her on So You Think You Can Dance and I’ve realised why she’s so good — when you give her something, she can dance on the spot. She understands it, takes it in and when she is doing it, it makes her happy.
When you see Madhuri, she doesn’t even realise that a earring may have fallen off. She is lost because she’s so happy.
And just so the heroes don’t get complacent, he takes them down a notch or two, as well!
I also see that in Govinda. But not in Hrithik (Roshan) or Shahid (Kapoor).
It’s nice to hear an honest opinion from within Bollywood. It’s a rare thing, this. Maybe, the actors will realize what they’re missing out on, and the next time they shake a leg, they’ll remember to find the joy in it. Here’s hoping!