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When the lights go off

Choreographer Terence Lewis locked two dancers in a room to get them into the mood for a passionate number.

tv Updated: Jan 09, 2010 19:11 IST
Prema K

We’ve heard of choreographers striving for perfection in the past, but this case may well be the most extreme. Choreographer Terence Lewis locked two dancers in a studio for the entire day to get them into the right mood for a passionate number, Khuda Jaane, on the show Lux Dance India Dance.

Terence says, “Kunwar Amarjeet and Shakti Mohan met for the first time during the shoot. They were dancing well, but there was no chemistry between them. Finally, after all the shouting and screaming, I realised that I had to try out method acting.”

So, he put off the lights in the studio asked them to look into each other’s eyes and get physically intimate. He says, “They had to look as if they were in the throes of passion, not just two great dancers doing a choreographed sequence mechanically. I told them to be together all the time and, at the end of the day, they had to talk about the time spent together.”

And it worked. Terence continues, “After that, they were more comfortable with each other. We had a rehearsal and everyone clapped at the end. Their body language and chemistry had changed.”