The ace choreographer-turned-director Prabhu Deva talks about his film ‘Anybody Can Dance’
“This film took me back by 15 years when I was more young and energetic. They dance much better than I do,” says the ace choreographer come director Prabhu Deva about the young crop of dancers in his film ‘Anybody Can Dance’. Directed by choreographer-turned-director Remo D'Souza, this film has him in the lead role along with dance-based reality show winners like Dharmesh Yelande, Vrushali Chavan and Salman Yusuff Khan. After donning the hats of a dancer, choreographer and the director of blockbuster films like Wanted and Rowdy Rathore, Prabhu Deva is for this 3D musical. Ask him if 3D is going to make a difference to the film, he shrugs and says, “This is something new for me and I enjoyed it.”
Talking about his last directorial hit, Prabhu Deva modestly says, “I try to make films which will entertain the audience. By God’s grace, people have liked my work.” His foray in the industry was a well-thought out plan as he followed his father’s footsteps and started his career as his assistant. “I was pretty bad in studies, so this is the only choice I had."One of his first experiences was to teach Kamal Hasan some dance steps for Vetri Vizha (1987).. His father was busy so he asked him to choreograph the song. As a budding choreographer, this was rather challenging as Kamal was a big star. He excelled in this and his career as a choreographer took off. For him, his biggest inspiration was Micheal Jackson who changed the way his danced forever. “I used to mostly do classical moves until one day I chanced upon a MJ video. His dance was fluid and full of energy and it changed my style completely,” he says.
With the advent of reality shows, young talent now gets a platform but according to him, the struggle hasn’t lessened. “The times are different, so is the struggle. The competition has increased ten-fold as there are so many talented dancers now.”
For Vishnu (Prabhu Deva), widely regarded as India’s best dancer, dance is more than a passion - it’s the reason he lives! So when he finds himself thrown out from the swish dance academy he himself set up, by his manipulative business partner, it feels like the oxygen has been sucked out from the air he breathes. Heart-broken, Vishnu decides to give up dance and leave Mumbai forever. However the night before his departure he witnesses a most amazing sight – a group of dancers preparing for the upcoming Ganpati Dance Battle – an annual festival that pits Mumbai’s best dance groups against each other. Watching the raw talent of these amazing dancers helps Vishnu arrive at a decision – he will take this disparate group under his wing, help them overcome their personal rivalries and past demons and turn them into India’s best dance squad.