No grace in dance today: Saroj Khan

When most of filmdom is raving about positive changes in Indian cinema, choreographer Saroj Khan begs to differ and rues that the quality of dance has gone down in movies.

Friday, June 01, 2012 | 7:30:56 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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When most of filmdom is raving about positive changes in Indian cinema, choreographer Saroj Khan begs to differ and rues that the quality of dance has gone down in movies.

"I think dance has changed a lot. Nowadays, there are only beats. There is no grace left in dance. We see only acrobatics today. This is successful because we are in the habit of copying the West. We just can't leave it," she said.

"We don't think about our own culture. If we learn from our own culture, it will be very tough. I feel that dance is going down," she added.

She blames item numbers for the downfall.

"Now so many item numbers have come up. Earlier, people used to appreciate Helen. She had grace and elegance. Now everyone is ready to remove their clothes," she said.

She was speaking Friday at the inauguration of Cinema 100, a festival organised by the students of Subhash Ghai's Whistling Woods International to celebrate hundred years of Indain movies.

Saroj Khan, who worked with dancing divas like Sridevi and Madhuri, seems to be impressed with Sonakshi Sinha whom she trained for director Prabhu Deva's film "Rowdy Rathore".

"Sonakshi did everything that I asked her to do and Prabhu Deva approved it. She is very graceful," she said.

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Posted on: 03 June 2012 at 11:13pm
Bollywood is hell-bent on chasing after Hollywood. Why not try innovating and give Hollywood something to chase after?

Make movies that others would want to remake into their language and culture?

Dance in a way that inspires others and dress as the envy of others?

Got a little sentimental there but hey everyone can hope right?

But yeah thats all we have left today...hope. Since no actual changes will be happening.

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Posted on: 03 June 2012 at 10:33pm
So true, one only has to look at item songs like chikni chameli to look at the sexualized and horrific choreography...bleh!

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Posted on: 03 June 2012 at 6:51pm
I agree ... Now the songs have less Dance and more exposure of bodies, and the dance moves are all those that make the girls look 'hot' ... Dance is not showing off your body, it's abt showing off your moves, which now a days is missing in B town! :(

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Posted on: 03 June 2012 at 6:46pm
Most people who have been classically trained will be better dancers but that doesn't seem to be happening very much in Bollywood these days. Agree with most people that Madhuri's grace is unmatchable. I can't think of a single actress in Bollywood who is even in the same league as her. Only someone like Madhuri could dance to a song like Choli ke peeche and do it so gracefully! That is definitely something that today's actresses lack. Sorry Sheila and Munni, you have a looong way to go before coming close to the likes of Madhuri Dixit!

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Posted on: 03 June 2012 at 2:14pm
very true..the golden era of gracefull dancing is loong gone frm bollywood..nw it jst depnds hw peppy d sng is or hw energitc d moves r..d grace-factor is not evn sen nwadys..
nt quite sure abt sonakshi,i cant find nythin abt her dancing daat gud..

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Posted on: 03 June 2012 at 2:11pm
Yes I agree that dance has changed now!! But everything in film industry has changed like stunts, cinematography, scripts, clothes and all!! Public need change for entertainment!! As far as Item number is concern i think Katrina, Malaika are great dancers and they remove their clothes because of song requirement!! Even shweta tiwari did an item numbers and she did it with full of grace and elegance!! About Sonakshi she is an OK actress but she is not very perfect in dance!!

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Posted on: 03 June 2012 at 11:08am
Totally agree with her! Hats off to her to boldly speak the truth!

Not sure about Sonakshi with grace, I find that she's very uncomfortable in her dancing, she doesn't dance with her heart.

Have not yet seen RR but checked the songs out and the only graceful I could find was:

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Posted on: 02 June 2012 at 11:26pm
I agree with what she says but ummm if she hates item numbers and modern songs so much, why are SO MANY used in her performances in Nachle Ve. If you disagree with something, try to change it rather than critisizing. But yeah, Madhuri was & will always be one of the most graceful dancers bollywood has ever seen! :D

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Posted on: 02 June 2012 at 10:08pm
Agree with her 100%!!!! The quality of dancing has certainly gone down and now its all about hip hop beats and booty shaking. Totally wannabe! Hate it!

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Posted on: 02 June 2012 at 9:44pm
I agree with her. Madurai dixit and sridevi are amazing dancers because they have classical training (kathak, bharatnatyam) Indian dance has always been very tasteful and graceful. I often hear myself saying the same thing about dance in Indian movies. Saroj jee is a professional choreographer and he r work is absolutely amazing. Some of the movements she comes up with and the beats she catches is truly work of an ingenious artist.

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