Given the potential of a single dance sequence to seal a film’s place in the YouTube Hall of Fame even before the film itself is released, it’s no surprise that the cast goes the extra mile. to perfect their routines. Further proof of this can be found in a quick scroll through the regular paparazzi Instagram logs, with stars being spotted outside of dance classes more often than in the gym. And for good reason, Alia Bhatt’s striking poses in Kalank’s “Ghar More Pardesiya” involved intense training every day for a year, while young debutante Ananya Panday began a rigorous dance regimen before signing her first film. to follow industry standards. Here, we bring together the local dance forms and training academies that are on the celebrity radar.
Bhatt’s masterful performance in “Ghar More Pardesiya” in his upcoming film, Kalank, can be attributed to his exhaustive training over the course of a year. The fruits of her labor can be seen in the clip, which has crossed 38 million views since its release on YouTube. Bhatt explains, “I learned Kathak for about a year. I had lessons every day before I shot the song. Then I danced to the choreography and practiced it for about two and a half months. Just two days before the shooting of “Ghar More Pardesiya”, I went to see Pandit Birju Maharajji, who helped me learn the expressions I needed to lip-sync with the song. His advice helped me a lot.
The young star made her Bollywood debut in 2018 with one of the most talked about dance numbers of the year, “Zingaat”. Since then, the 22-year-old has continued her momentum with regular dance lessons at House of Wow, Bandra, rising to prominence in her weekly schedule. BFFs episode with Vogue. Having signed Karan Johar’s action drama Takht as his second project, Kapoor diligently practiced his dance sequences for the same.
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The newly created debutante already has two blockbuster films on her portfolio and around twice as many chartbusters to her credit. And while she admits that the dance routines for Kedarnath have become easy given her skills as a skilled Odissi dancer, the robotic dance moves for ‘Aankh Maare’ seemingly tossed a curve ball. The solution came in the form of full dance training at a studio in Andheri, Mumbai. The 23-year-old has pursued a fast-paced training program alongside the filming of her upcoming feature film, Love Aaj Kal 2 alongside Karthik Aaryan, and recently set the internet on fire with a video look back at her performance on ‘Saat Samundar Paar’ for a wedding.
Panday has reportedly started a long list of acting and dance classes since 2017 to prepare for his big Bollywood debut in Karan Johar’s Year 2 student. Under the tutelage of veteran choreographer Saroj Khan, she masters the requisite Indian dance forms that are an archetype of Bollywood film, and even shared the stage with Will Smith for one of the film’s dance sequences.
Having proven her mettle with several dance-centric films in the recent past, Kapoor is now challenging herself to learn five different dance forms for her upcoming feature film opposite Varun Dhawan, Street Dancer 3. The 32-year-old can regularly be seen at a dance academy in Andheri, Mumbai, where she attempts to master several dance forms – afro, krumping, lock and popping, animation tutting and urban – for a major dance sequence to be shot through the streets of London.
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