While we had earlier reported that the story of director Remo D’Souza’s musical ABCD 2 is inspired by the dance journey of the Fictitious Dance Academy members, it is now confirmed that in the film, Varun Dhawan’s character, Suresh is actually based on one of the choreographers. The humble beginnings of the academy started by Suresh Mukund and Vernon Montero from Nalasopara in suburband Mumbai and their glorious journey to Las Vegas, where they won the World Hip-Hop championship in 2012, was inspiring enough for D’Souza to showcase it on the big screen. “I am not making a biopic. The idea is to show their aspirational journey from the bylanes of Mumbai to a platform like the World Championship in Las Vegas. We couldn’t have had anyone better than Varun to play Suresh in the film. We have signed someone else to play Vernon,” mentioned D’Souza. Dhawan also underwent workshops with Suresh to understand his style of dance, body movements, stances, mannerisms among other things. The entire team went through an extensive choreography workshop to ace their moves.
What’s interesting is that Suresh, Vernon and two other members from their team, that includes Pavan and Rohit, are also in the film, but mostly as part of the dance team. While talking about Shraddha Kapoor’s character, the director stated that she will be seen as the lead female dancer of the troupe. “Her character is the only girl in the cast. It is loosely inspired by Suresh’s girlfriend, who is now married to him in real life. She was not a part of his troupe, so I had to tweak the character to suit the story of my film. She will be seen playing the lead female performer of the dance troupe,” stated D’Souza. The film also stars dancers Lauren Gottlieb, Punit Pathak, Dharmesh, Sushant and Cockroach among others.
Prabhu Dheva will be seen reprising the role of Vishnu sir and his character takes off from where ABCD... ended. However, even his character has been slightly tweaked to meet the requirements of the script. The first schedule of the film, that was earlier slated to kick off in July, will now start in the first week of August. Since the Las Vegas schedule has been pushed to October, the first schedule will now begin in Mumbai. Apart from hip-hop, D’Souza mentioned that the cast will be seen doing a lot of street style choreography, with a lot of b-boying, krumping, locking, popping among others. A few dance sequences will also include contemporary style of choreography.
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