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It’s Garba time for Deepika, Richa

It seems Garba is the buzzword for actors Deepika Padukone and Richa Chadda these days, as they have to extensively rehearse their steps for the traditional Gujarati dance form for filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela.

bollywood Updated: Sep 28, 2012 00:33 IST
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It seems Garba is the buzzword for actors Deepika Padukone and Richa Chadda these days, as they have to extensively rehearse their steps for the traditional Gujarati dance form for filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela.

The actors, who play close friends Leela and Rasila in the film, have to rehearse their Garba steps vigorously for the five to six garba song-and-dances in the film.

For the last one week, Deepika has been trying to master Garba, and it isn’t as easy as it sounds. The perfectionist that he is, Bhansali has brought over traditional Garba dancers from Gujarat to teach the Garba in the traditional way to Deepika and Richa. “Garba is a frenetic, almost violent form of dancing. Bhansali didn’t want the filmy Garba. He wanted the real thing. So, he got a couple of traditional Garba dancers from Gujarat to Mumbai to teach Deepika and Richa the real Garba,” said a source.

The only Indian style of dancing that Deepika knows is Kathak. Gujarati folk is totally alien to her, but she is said to be picking it fast.But it’s Richa, with her sore knee, who’s finding it a little tough. “Richa suffered a knee injury recently and had to undergo knee surgery. So, the aggressive Garba steps are not being kind to her knees,” the source added.