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Shiamak Davar says ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’ changed perception towards dance

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Choreographer Shiamak Davar, who won the National Film Award for Best Choreography for Yash Chopra’s 1997 Diwali release “Dil To Pagal Hai”, says the film, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Karisma Kapoor, changed people’s perception towards dance in India.

“Earlier, dancing wasn’t much accepted in India. Boys who danced were considered to be feminine or gay, and women who came to dance classes were meant to be bad women. That was 30 years ago. Today, people think dancing is good because they know how therapeutic, scientific, healing and confidence-building it is. Now, kids come at a young age. Back then, there were no children in the class,” recalled Davar.

He added that the perception about dance in India change in a big way after Chopra’s film, a love triangle woven around a group of contemporary dancers, released.

“After release of ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’, people realised that dancing wasn’t vulgar or cheap and it wasn’t a bad thing. We have given a certain kind of respect to dance, which is important for me,” said Davar, while interacting with the media at his contemporary dance show named “Selcouth”.

Davar, noted as one of the first to bring contemporary jazz and western forms of dance to India, is credited with modernising India’s popular dance scene — especially in films and theatre.

Talking about his contemporary dance show “Selcouth”, Davar said: “I started working in the field of dancing 30 years ago, and I did jazz, contemporary and hip-hop, but this is my own style. So, it’s called ‘Shiamak style’, which is contemporary and very unique. This is the first time I am doing a show like this. I think it’s a combination of Indian and Western movements. It is something that I don’t think people have seen before. So, the success of the show is really good. I am happy the audience loved it.”

Davar was also the director of choreography for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and Melbourne. In 2011, he choreographed the dance sequences for the movie “Mission Impossible 4”.

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Aamir Khan’s ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ release pushed to February 2022

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 The release date of Aamir Khan’s ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ has been pushed back once again due to delays amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan-starrer, which was expected to release around Christmas this year, will now be releasing on Valentine’s Day next year.

Aamir Khan Productions made the announcement via an Instagram post on Sunday.

The post reads: “We welcome the decision of the administration to allow cinemas to re-open from 22nd Oct.”

“Due to the delays faced as a result of the pandemic, we will be unable to release our film, ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’, this Christmas.”

“We will now be releasing ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ on Valentine’s Day 2022.”

The announcement comes just a day after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday announced that all cinema halls and drama theatres in the state will reopen from October 22.

‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ reunites Aamir Khan with his ‘3 Idiots’ co-stars Kareena Kapoor Khan and Mona Singh. The film also features Naga Chaitanya and Manav VJ in key roles.

Directed by Adavit Chandan, ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ is an adaptation of the 1994 Hollywood film ‘Forrest Gump’ which was based on Winston Groom’s 1986 novel of the same name.

It is produced by Aamir Khan Productions, Viacom18 Studios and Paramount Pictures.

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the inception of his debut web series ‘Heeramandi’

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As Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming magnum opus ‘Heeramandi’, his first-ever web series, is soon to be released, the ace director shares his inspiration for making the show.

Talking about its inception, Sanjay said, “I remember when I was a four-year-old kid and my father had taken me to a shoot and he said you sit here and I’ll meet my friends and come. I was in the studio and it seemed the most comfortable to me. More than a school, a playground, a cousin’s house, or anywhere in the world, I thought it was the most beautiful place. When I look back at 25 years, I think it’s very precious to me because you have to be blessed to be able to get a chance to make a film and that’s why I cling on to the studio because the studio floor is the most magical, that’s my temple, that’s my everything.”

He further added, “‘Heeramandi’ was something that my friend Moin Baig got to me as a 14-page story, 14 years ago and then finally when we presented it to Netflix, they loved it and they thought it had great potential to make a mega-series. It is very ambitious, it’s very big and vast. It tells you the story of courtesans. They kept music, poetry and dance and the art of living. It shows the politics within the brothels and how to emerge as the winner. It is a difficult one but I hope we come across with flying colours this time.”

The series will explore stories of courtesans and the hidden cultural reality of ‘Heeramandi’, a dazzling district, during pre-independent India. It’s a series about love, betrayal, succession and politics in the ‘kothas’.

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Priyanka Chopra’s Global Citizen Live look makes her trend

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Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas took the internet by storm on Saturday when she hosted the Global Citizen Live concert in Paris. Her dress, with an Earth theme got a fantastic response from fans, which made her trend on Twitter.

Priyanka wore a beautiful ensemble by designer Prabal Gurung as she hosted the concert on Saturday, which will be streaming live for 24 hours from different parts of the world.

Not only did Twitter users point out her beautiful dress, but also the fact that she made India proud by hosting the global concert in Paris.

Meanwhile, the actress gave fans a glimpse into her trip on social media. She uploaded a picture with the popular Eiffel Tower in the backdrop and captioned in on Instagram as: “An Evening in Paris”.

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