Felt like a newcomer on ABCD sets: Prabhu Deva

Felt like a newcomer on ABCD sets: Prabhu Deva
Prabhu Deva says it has undergone a sea-change from the time these art forms became an integral part of the films.
After spending about two decades in the industry as a choreographer, dancer and director,Prabhu Deva says he felt like a beginner of on the sets of upcoming film ABCD - AnyBody Can Dance.

The 39-year-old is returning to acting with the Remo D'Souza-directed film after his stint as a successful filmmaker in the industry. He was last seen playing a full-fledged role in Sapnay (1997) opposite Kajol.

"I felt like a newcomer on the set after sharing screen space with young talents. I am not a regular hero. It was a good experience working with them because I was learning small steps from my co-stars. I didn't face any problem because Remo guided me well. I took up the project because of him," Prabhu Deva told PTI.

The high-octane dance film is being produced by UTV and stars former Dance India Dance participants Salman, Dharmesh, Prince, Mayuresh and Vrushali. It will hit theatres on February 2013.

The only thing which concerned Prabhu Deva was his inability to speak Hindi. But he took it up as a challenge and delivered his dialogues himself without taking the help of a dubbing artiste.

"Delivering my dialogues in Hindi was a test for me. My director gave me the dialogues and I used to sit in my caravan and memorise them. I worked hard to get the correct emotion associated with my dialogues and rest of the things were taken care of by Remo," he said.

He is playing the role of a dance teacher and without divulging much details about his role, Prabhu Deva said, "I am playing an important character in the film and the whole story revolves around my character."

Prabhu Deva, who was behind some of the breath-taking choreographies be it Kay Sera Sera from Pukar or Muqabla from Hum se Hai Muqabla, has also turned filmmaker with blockbusters like Wanted and Rowdy Rathore under his belt. And the director says he will continue making such 'masala' films for his audience.

"People love masala films and I have to make what people like. I am a dancer and people ask me to make action films. Moreover, I feel masala films are not tough to make. Other genres need hard work. I have seen Remo working really hard for this dance based film," he added.

Talking about the changing scenario of dance in Bollywood, Prabhu Deva says it has undergone a sea-change from the time these art forms became an integral part of the films.

"Earlier, only female leads used to dance but as the time changed heroes also took up this art. Previously, they only used to do action. Now, in the current scenario songs and dance numbers play a major role in a film to do good business. "Even television depends largely on these songs. A lot of song and dance based reality shows have come up and they nurture good talent. In our times, nothing was there," he said.
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