Whistle Stop : Desi Beats

He has never been comfortable with dancing on-screen,but on the two outings where he shook a leg — in Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara — Abhay Deol did a good job of it.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published:May 4, 2012 2:06 am

Desi Beats

He has never been comfortable with dancing on-screen,but on the two outings where he shook a leg — in Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara — Abhay Deol did a good job of it. But those were contemporary moves and the actor didn’t have to perform any latkas-jhatkas. In Prakash Jha’s Chakravyuh,where he has supposedly replaced Abhishek Bachchan,Deol has shot for a desi-style dance number with Arjun Rampal. It took him ten days to practise,but the actor is said to have done a fairly good job of it. The song,titled Paro,captures the mood of two friends who down a few drinks when they meet after seven years.

Make it Large

The cast is chiefly Indian,but Deepa Mehta’s long-awaited film Midnight’s Children may first have a Canada release this October. The film,a screen adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s popular novel by the same name,is now in post-production stages and the filmmaker is hoping to premiere it at either the Toronto or the Venice film festival. The film,to do full justice to the book,has been made on a grand scale at 60 locations and features more than 100 different characters. It is being said that the very scene that shows the birth of the hero,Saleem Sinai,required the crew to shoot with over a dozen newborns under two weeks of age.

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