Mumbai: If you are a Bollywood action film buff, then there is good news for you as action is fast becoming part of even the song-and-dance sequences of Hindi movies.
Chandni Chowk to China may not have set the box office on fire but the choreography of it's title song has certainly grabbed some attention. The jig from Akshay Kumar is the latest in Bollywood's attempt innovate it's traditional song-and-dance routine with a little bit of action.
Way back in 1998 Mani Ratnam's Dil Se had Shah Rukh and Manisha Koirala dodging bullets, bombs and the army while A R Rahman's title track played in the background.
Omkara had Ajay Devgan fighting in Uttar Pradesh's badlands while the title track played on. More recently films like Drona and Golmaal Returns had extensively mounted song sequences replete with action sequences.
Chandni Chowk to China choreographer Pony Varma says, "Now the choreography has become so regular that people want to see some different stuff and action is also dance so action and choreography are collaborating together to get a new feel out of it."
Choreographer Ganesh Acharya adds of Drona, "Basically it has a combination of dance and action in the song. You can see different costumes, different movements, different sorts of action. We have also taken some parts of Shivaji in the film."
Pony Varma says, "First the song should look like a song and not an action sequence. A choreographer has to be very particular about that. See you cannot just think very wild. You have to be very particular."
And for the filmmaker, an out-of-the-box song-cum-action sequence makes for a better talking point to market the film.
Director Rohit Shetty says, "Definitely it makes a difference when you have action in a song for it becomes unique and people will talk about it. Some people will like it some won't. But if something is happening in the song except from dancing then it becomes unique. It all has started because of the kinds of budget we are getting now. The standards of action songs and even for shooting on action film has increased over the last two years."
So it looks like Bollywood will be calling for song! music! action! now.