Happy New Year, ABCD: Any Body Can Dance, Student of the Year, Aaja Nachle, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Lafangey Parindey and Dil To Pagal Hai. What do they have in common? Well, all these Bollywood films have dance as an integral part of the plot and barring a few, most of them have struck gold at the box-office.
But how many Bollywood films give dance the prominence it deserves?
Choreographer Geeta Kapoor, who is one of the judges on dance-reality show, Dance India Dance, says that Indian films have always celebrated songs and dance. "Indian films have always been known for their song and dance sequences. We have never moved away from that formula. But it's only now that dance has come to the limelight and audiences have started respecting different dance forms. Hence, directors have put on their thinking caps and are trying to make films, which have dance as the primary subject. The perception has changed," says Kapoor, who has choreographed for films such as Asoka (2000), Heyy Babyy (2007) and Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008).
Choreographer Ganesh Acharya who made Katrina Kaif sizzle to Chikni Chameli in Agneepath (2012), however, doesn't count Happy New Year and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi among typical dance-based films. Instead, he considers V Shantaram's Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje (1955), T Rama Rao's Naache Mayuri (1986) and Remo D'Souza ABCD: Any Body Can Dance to be dance-based films given the intricate dance moves performed by the actors.
For Sukanya Sharma (22), a film buff and a diehard Hrithik Roshan fan, dance means entertainment. "Dance is an integral part of Bollywood films. So, whenever a Hindi film celebrates through a dance sequence, I love that film. I loved watching Happy New Year and Student of the Year," she says.
Unlike Hollywood not too many Hindi films are made with dance as an integral part of the plot. However, the audience will be impatiently waiting for the release of Remo's ABCD 2, a sequel to his 2013 hit ABCD, which releases this June.