Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ash has a good sense for music: Shobana

She was last here in Kolkata to choreograph Aishwarya rai bachchan for Ravana. In town for her Kolkata festival performance tonight, Shobana talks to CT about dance, choreography and the Padma awards controversy.
You’ve last been to Kolkata for the shooting of Ravana. How difficult/easy is it for an actor to choreograph another?
It’s as difficult as it’s being easy! As a choreographer, one doesn’t go to the sets with an actor in mind or with only the actors in mind. Choreographing for films is not only about the movements. It’s about the song in its entirety. It’s about situations, the mood of the music, the sections of the music and being in total sync with the director (who here is hands on). Mr Mani Ratnam can shoot songs without a choreographer as well. Aishwarya has a very good sense for music. She catches the details of the music like a musician and hence, it was motivating for me. I could go to the sets as the choreographer and not as an actor. Being the thorough professional that she is, she didn’t mind me pushing the boundaries. All actors need to be motivated on the sets and I know that. I would perish if I had a choreographer who would come to the sets and throw her weight around and keep barking out orders!
Are you open to the idea of choreographing for directors other than Mani Ratnam?

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