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Sonam Kapoor offers advice to Raanjhana choreographers

Kavita Awaasthi, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, February 22, 2013
First Published: 15:37 IST(22/2/2013) | Last Updated: 18:26 IST(22/2/2013)

It’s not uncommon these days to hear of actors who get involved with their films at multiple levels — from costume design to marketing strategies. Sonam Kapoor’s added services for her upcoming film, Raanjhaana, came thanks to her years of Kathak training. While shooting the song Tum tak, the actor readily offered her advice to the choreographers.

In a portion of the song that required Sonam to perform Kathak, she gave her inputs, which choreographer duo Bosco-Ceaser welcomed. Sonam says, “I have a different style of dancing. They (choreographers) incorporated whatever was suitable to me.” Krishnaji, grandson of Kathak legend Sitara Devi, was also present to lend his expert advice.

Anand Rai, the film’s director, says, “A choreographer can give you the beat and show you the movements, but it’s up to the actor to bring grace and make slight changes to the steps. When a trained dancer is given steps, it’s natural for them to add their inputs. Sonam was glad that she got to do Kathak steps in the film.

I don’t know why no other filmmaker has made use of her dancing skills.” Bosco adds, “She is a fabulous dancer and has amazing posture. She was graceful and beautiful.”

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