Indian Michael Jackson, that’s how he is known among the masses. And now Prabhu Deva is back with what he does best — dancing — in what is being touted as India’s first dance movie. In town to promote the Remo D'Souza directed ABCD — Any Body Can Dance, Prabhu Deva opened up to Millennium Post. Read on:
How does it feel to be back to full-time acting?
I have been an actor/director/choreographer all through my career and so it’s more like switching between them.
Why did you choose to do the film?
The fact that it was a movie based on dance and that too in 3D which is happening in India for the first time was a big enough reason for me to sign it. I wanted my kids to see me doing it. We even have Ganesh Acharya who plays an important role and I must say he is as great an actor as he is a superb choreographer. The movie also features an array of kickass dancers.
Rumour has it that ABCD is based on the popular movie series Step Up. How true is that?
The only common factor between both the movies is ‘dance’ and that is about it.
Will the movie show Prabhu Deva more as a dancer or as an actor?
You will definitely see me acting in the movie. The movie has around 9 to 10 songs and so dance will be an important part too. I would call it a dance musical.
What about Lauren Gottleib, the female lead in the movie?
She is an amazing dancer. She has been dancing since ages and she is superb with what she does.
Is the movie a tribute to Michael Jackson?
No. Not at all.
Indian film industry has come a long way in terms of dancing and we don’t get to see a lot of ‘dancing-around-the-trees’ any more. Your take?
With so much budding talent around, this transformation was bound to take place.
Upcoming projects as an actor?
As of yet nothing really.
I am doing this movie with Tips which has a new talent named Girish Taurani as the lead and other actors like Shruti Hasan, Sonu Sood, Vinod Khanna, Poonam Dhillon etc in the star cast. Then I am doing a hardcore masala/action flick with Shahid Kapoor. Both are slated for next year.