The dancing star

Amrita Prasad
Thursday, 22 March 2018

Ahead of Da-Bangg The Tour, Pune, we speak to Prabhudheva, dance choreographer, film director, producer and actor, who will be performing along with Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and others on March 24.

Prabhudheva is literally a man of few words, but his dance moves speak a thousand emotions. For the ‘90s kids, imitating Prabhu’s iconic Mukkala Mukkabala dance moves was perhaps the most cherished part of their childhood. 

Popularly known as Michael Jackson of India, Prabhu is one of the most celebrated dancers of our country. From Hrithik Roshan, Shahid Kapoor to Tiger Shroff, every dancer and dance lover has idolised him. No wonder then that he slipped into the character Vishnu sir in ABCD and ABCD 2 with such ease.

The choreographer-actor has given films like Wanted, Ramaiya Vastavaiya, Rowdy Rathod, R.. Rajkumar as producer/director.

Four Pillars Events in association with 18 Degrees, Nirman Group and Sakal group, is bringing Da-Bangg The Tour to Pune which will be held at Shree Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex, Mhalunge, Balewadi tomorrow (March 24).

The event which is directed and scripted by Sohail Khan Entertainment and JA Events, will feature power-packed live performances by Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sonakshi Sinha, Prabhudheva, Daisy Shah, Guru Randhawa, while Maniesh Paul will host it. The security of the show will be managed by Gurmeet Singh Shera’s Tiger Security Services.

When asked about his association with the show, Prabhudheva says, “As artists, we love performing for Da-Bangg The Tour for its energy and magnitude. The experience of performing live in front of the audience is exciting. I would also like to mention that the entire team of Da-Bangg The Tour shares a very beautiful relationship and synergy that gives you a family like feeling.”

Talking about his expectations from Pune’s audience, he says, “I think the audience in Pune is surely going to love the show and enjoy our performances. It is going to be like a full-on Salman Khan film with fun, dhamaka, masala and entertainment.”

The collaboration between Prabhu and Salman for Wanted was a hit with the audience. When asked if Puneites can expect both of them on stage at the event, Prabhu laughs and says that there will be a small performance where both of them will be seen sharing the stage. 

And which tracks will they be performing on? The Indian Michael Jackson says, “Well-known choreographer Sanjay Shetty has designed the choreography in a unique way and we will be dancing to the superhit songs from our films. I cannot spell them out but I’m sure they are the ones that you guys are expecting to see us dancing to. The list of songs, mix of music, especially done for the show along with amazing choreography will appeal to all age groups. If you hear it, you’ll love it.”

It will surely be a great spectacle to watch the ensemble of artists — Salman, Sonakshi, Prabhu, Daisy and Katrina, performing at the show, however there is a difference between performing on stage and dancing for a film. Talking about the same, Prabhu says, “A stage performance is all about your connection with the audience and energy. More than your dance or performance, how you resonate with the audience is what counts during a live performance. It is just about the moment and the magic created within the given time frame. I hope all of us are able to create that magic in Pune as well.”

He believes in the philosophy, ‘dance to express and not to impress’. So when asked what advice he wants to give young dancers, he says, “These days, I can see some amazing young dancers in India. I don’t think they need any advice because their level of dancing is at some other level. They are already expressing so much through their movements and as dancers their talent is of international level.”

Commenting on the increasing number of TV dance reality shows, he says that while these dance shows do provide a platform for aspiring dancers, competition too is increasing. “There are opportunities, but the competition is no less and it’s only going to grow with time. However, dancers should take challenges and competition with positivity to grow in their career,” he advises. 

Recently, when Varun Dhawan posted a picture of himself with Katrina, it created a stir -- everyone started speculating if it was a sequel to Remo D’Souza helmed ABCD and ABDC 2 of which Prabhu was an integral part. Says Prabhu, “It is too early to talk about it right now, but I think Remo will be the best person to share details about the project.”

When we egged him to divulge, asking if we can expect to see him reprise the role of Vishnu sir in ABCD 3 as well, he brushes off the speculation saying, “Ask Remo!” 

Having been associated with filmmaking, choreography and acting in both Bollywood and down South for almost two decades, Prabhu has witnessed changes in the industry. Says he, “Not just the industry but actors, directors and other aspects of filmmaking have also evolved in the last few years. It is just quite unbelievable when you look back and analyse,” he concludes.

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