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Two left feet? Our man has the cure to it! Bosco of the Bosco Caesar fame is undoubtedly one of the country's finest choreographers ever. Involved with shows such as MTV Asia Awards, Filmfare Awards, The Big V Concert and movies including Bluffmaster, Kuch Naa Kaho, Family, Lakshya, Ek Ajnabee, Holiday, Dus, Mission Kashmir, Bosco is the guy the industry swears by.
Nominated as the best choreographer for hugely popular tracks including 'Dus Bahane' from the movie Dus, 'Seekh Le' from Munnabhai M.B.B.S, 'Saaki' from Musafir, he recently choreographed for the film Salaam-e-Ishq which is already making raves for its song-n-dance. Bosco in his candid interview with IndiaFM speaks about Salaam-e-Ishq and the song and dance routine in Bollywood, something for which Indian films are known across the world.
How does it feel to be one of the most sought after choreographers in the industry today?
It feels fantastic; speaking in regard of Salaam-E-Ishq it was a big for us. It gave us great high to be a part of such a big film. Not everybody is lucky to get this kind of an opportunity and to have a team like this feels great
How was it to work with Nikhil Advani for Salaam-E-Ishq?
Working with Nikhil was fabulous. I got this film through Rohan Sippy with whom we did Bluffmaster. Rohan put in a word for me, he told Nikhil he should try Bosco. I did not know Nikhil before this. We shared the same wavelength which made it very easy for us to connect. He is very youthful in the way he has handled the film, we shared a great work relationship on the sets, we also fought at times but eventually the end result was great".
What is your basic approach while choreographing any track? How do you go about it? Do you set the steps beforehand or just go by the flow on the sets?
For Salaam-E-Ishq I had 3-4 hours of sessions with Nikhil, he gave me a complete narration of the film, it wasn't something like a regular song and dance and you come out of it, we had to follow the character and how a character would perform or behave. It was 100% involvement between choreographer and director.
Does choreographing in a team (with Cesar) make things easier for you or is it difficult to co-ordinate at times?
What happens is that we revert to individual projects like Salaam-E-Ishq was handled by me. We brainstorm on a project and then move ahead. Otherwise it's fantastic, we discuss things, it's like a bouncing board, you have another opinion and then we individually take a call on how to rectify and make it look good.
How did it feel to make so many stars dance to your tune in Salaam-E-Ishq?
It was fantastic; after you see the song in totality it is unbelievable. Not only are you going from one story to another but also you are moving from place to place, from London to Hyderabad to Delhi. But eventually when you see the entire song it looks like one body. It took us a lot of commitment and planning to capture every story.
Choreographing such a huge star cast each with a different story - any particulars that you kept in mind?
Before going in for the shoot both me and Nikhil were very clear of what we wanted. We would sit and brainstorm and decide on what would look nice and what wouldn't. Eventually everything worked out for the betterment of the film".
Which is your favourite track that you choreographed in Salaam-E-Ishq?
I can't be biased; all the tracks are rocking, all are very good and special to me, I can't really choose one.
Who according to you was the best dancer in Salaam-E-Ishq?
According to me Salman and Priyanka rocked, they had this song called Tenu Leke which was shot in London with 80 dancers. We also performed it for the Screen Awards and it got a great response.
Who according to you is the best dancer in the industry (male/female)?
Technically speaking I think Hrithik Roshan is the best dancer, and attitude wise I guess its Salmaan and Abhishiek, these two have a different body language. Amongst actress I think it's Aishwarya, Priyanka and Sameera Reddy - they all are fabulous.
Which choreographers from the industry have inspired you?
I have been inspired by myself. Nobody inspires me.
Which choreographers from the current lot do you think are doing good work?
I think everyone's doing a great job, Bollywood has become such a big industry its good to see that everyone's work is highlighted.
Has choreography in Bollywood evolved over the years?
I think choreography has evolved big time, the sound the dance - everything has evolved.
With dance based shows like Nach Baliye and Jhalak Dikhlaja on TV off late, do you think choreography and choreographers are getting more recognition?
Shows like these are a great platform for choreographers today. When we started we struggled to get recognition. But once you do a Nach Baliye you get instant recognition, you are all over the place.
What are your forthcoming films that you are choreographing?
Apart from Salaam-E-Ishq I am doing Cheeni Kum, Shakalaka Boom Boom, Partner and a couple of films which haven't been named as yet.