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Arjun Kapoor goes traditional for Gunday

Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, January 30, 2013
First Published: 13:44 IST(30/1/2013) | Last Updated: 16:35 IST(30/1/2013)

Arjun Kapoor may not be known for his dance skills, but the actor is leaving no stone unturned to prove his mettle. For his upcoming film Gunday, the actor trained in a Bengali folk dance, Purulia Chhao. 

A source close to the actor says, “The film has a song sequence in which Arjun will be performing alongside professional dancers from West Bengal. This is the first time that this art form will be seen in a Hindi film.” A traditional tribal martial dance that has its regional roots in Purulia distric in West Bengal, Purulia Chhau features mask-wearing dancers who perform energetic movements, including stunts, somersaults and acrobatics.

The source adds, “Arjun practiced the dance for a few days to match the technique and energy of these dancers. The song was recently shot at Yash Raj Studios.”

Set in Kolkata, Gunday is being looked upon as one of the big films of this year. It stars Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra. The source informs us, “A few portions of the film have already been shot in Mumbai. A long schedule in Kolkatawill begin soon.”

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