Recently Catherine Tresa caught the eye of a Bollywood director while performing at Filmfare South Awards. The filmmaker was reportedly looking for an actress to play the lead in a
dance-based film and approached Catherine, impressed with her dancing. It just goes to show how important dancing ability can be when it comes to bagging film roles. Perhaps that's why almost every actress in T-town is training in various dance forms in a bid to add an extra dimension to their onscreen persona.
While former Miss India finalist Rakul Preet Singh is focusing on freestyle Tollywood dancing, Adah Sharma's enlisted herself in a crash course in ballet; the likes of Asmita Sood and Poorna are honing their Kathak skills...all in preparation for roles in their upcoming films. Recently Shruti Haasan hogged the limelight matching Allu Arjun step-for-step in Race Gurram. Her hitherto unseen dance moves proved to be a revelation, landing her a special song in Mahesh's next release.
"Dancing with Allu Arjun was a huge challenge. I had to work very hard and it earned me a lot of recognition. I love dancing and I wish I had trained more as a kid! I want to be a ballerina
who leaps and twirls," says Shruti Haasan.
Taking a cue is Rakul Preet who is confident of making a similar impact with her dancing in her upcoming films — Loukyam, Current Teega and Rough. "I wasn't a good dancer when I entered films. But recently, I learnt free-style dancing (Telugu style of dancing) and practised very hard on my dance moves. Although I learnt Bharatanatyam in my school, I lost touch with the art form. So it was very challenging since choreographers use to come up with different kinds of solid dance moves in every film."
Former Miss India finalist Asmita Sood is learning Kathak to gain competitive edge. "I want to add versatility to my skills and I believe dance would be great. For an actor in commercial cinema, I reckon dance is an important aspect. I'm learning Kathak to have a competitive edge over others. It is a rigorous form of dance and helps in building a strong base, making learning of any other dance form a cake walk", reasons Asmita.
Adah Sharma trained in the Russian dance form, Ballet, in preparation for her forthcoming film. "I did not get a chance to dance much in my Telugu debut but I have to perform the ballet for my next Hindi film. Moreover, dance is like a workout and since I also know gymnastics, picking ballet was easier", explains Adah, who was also trained in Kathak, Jazz, Salsa and Belly dancing.
Tamannaah, who scorched the screen with a special song in Alludu Seenu, also believes that dance is a crucial aspect for an actress. "I received a lot of appreciation for my belly dancing in Racha and several films and all that increased my responsibility as a performer to work harder. Sometimes you earn filmmakers admiration not just with glamour but also with your dance
moves," says Tamannaah.
Following in Tamannaah's footsteps television star turned actress Sree Mukhi who bagged a lead role in an upcoming film Nadi Teeram, thanks to training in Bharatanatyam. "I'm playing a classical dancer in the romantic drama to be directed by Prasad Mudindi. I'm a trained Bharatanatyam dancer and have performed in school and even gave a few performances. I was really waiting for a role for which my dance skill can be put to some use. I'm glad that I got the opportunity," she says.
Kerala damsel Poorna too echoes a similar thought.The trained classical dancer, who burst on to the silver screen by winning a reality-based dance show, says, "I have slowed down from signing films to hone my dance skills and I'm also planning to give a few stage performances soon," explains Poorna.