When it comes to Bollywood, a person’s qualifications can’t be limited to good acting skills; many other talents are to follow. Among the many talents required to become a heavy hitter in Bollywood, lip dancing, acting, etc. is at the top of the list. Most of our B-townies easily tick off the pointers on this list (again, most, not all). But there have been several movie roles where actors have had to hone their skills and step out of their comfort zone to acquire a new skill. One of the hottest trends right now in the industry is learning the nuances of classical Indian dance. A recent example of this can be spotted in the Terribly Tiny Talkies’ Father’s Day 2017 short film, Aamad, featuring Dobaara actor Saqib Saleem. Saqib took a crash course in the classical Indian dance form, Kathak, to play the role of the son of a Kathak guru.
With that in mind, we present to you a list of Bollywood celebrities who have signed up for ballet lessons in order to do justice to their future roles or talents in cinema, in general.
The actress, who is currently on hiatus, has a list of new skills that she adds to her name: playing the piano, cooking and learning Kathak. She’s learning the intricacies of this classical Indian dance from a professional teacher and it’s been over a month now.
For Remo D’souza’s Flying jatt, Jacqueline had to learn the popular dance form of Bharatnatyam. Meanwhile, it was also reported that the actress learned a few moves from the ace dancer Bharatnatyam Hema Malini, when the two shot for a commercial.
Among the many visually beautiful songs in Bajirao Mastani, Mohe Rang Do Laal was one of our favorites. For this song, actress Deepika Padukone had to take dance lessons from Pandit Birju Maharaj, an internationally renowned Kathak performer.
Kareena Kapoor Khan
Remember the new-age mujra of the actress in Saif Ali Khan starrer? Roy? Kareena, a non-classical dancer, had to learn Kathak for the song. She is said to practice for almost 22 hours to get the steps perfectly.