First Look: ‘Let’s Dance’June 2nd, 2009 - 3:58 pm ICT by Sampurn Wire
Director: Aarif Sheikh
Producer: Dr Arvind Patel
Music: Vipin Mishra and Tarali Sharma
Cast: Gayatri Patel, Ajay Chaudhary, Aqib Afzaal, Sugandha Garg, Asif Basra, Abhaas Yadav, Nikuunj Padaya, Paras Arora and Anjan Srivastav.
Introducing the US-born-and-bred dancing sensation Gayatri Patel, “Let’s Dance’ (releasing June 19, 2009) has the debutante playing a simple but determined dance teacher, who on her path to fame, changes course, to motivate a group of underprivileged kids.
Suhani (Gayatri Patel) is a passionate young dancer, who has dreamt of being a star her entire life. She lives with her best friend Anoushka (Sugandha Garg) and teaches dance at a rented hall owned by Sharmaji (Anjan Srivastav).
Meanwhile, fourteen year old street kid Aftab (Abhaas Yadav), also a gifted dancer, has never dreamt of being anything in life. While Suhani can see nothing beyond starring in a music video, Aftab cannot see beyond spending his life on the mean streets of Mumbai with a gang of kids, including his brother Ali (Nikuunj Padaya) and closest friend Kallu (Paras Arora). Suhani is moved by the talent these street kids possess and wants the world to give them their due.
Enter Neil (Ajay Chaudhary), who not only falls head-over-heels in love with Suhani but also decides to help her realise her dreams of becoming a dancing star. The only thing that’s stopping Neil from winning her love is popular video director Rehaan Jones aka RJ, who is more determined to make Suhani the next superstar.
The heroine of “Let’s Dance’, debutante actress Gayatri Patel (who has been “Miss India Georgia’ and also the first runner-up at “Miss India USA’) is no novice to the world of dance. She is trained in Kathak and is also a pro at Yoga. A lethal combination this, it helps her attempt the most daring dance steps, breath-taking whirls and swirls and some awesome splits. No wonder, this petite dancing tornado aims to make everyone groove to her moves.
Shifting base from US to Bollywood to pursue acting, Gayatri first spent time taking tips from theatre top-guns Satyadev Dubey and Makrand Deshpande, did an acting workshop with Veena Mehta and played the role of Ophelia in Neeraj Kabir’s play “Hamlet’. She also did three music videos for Venus opposite Inder Kumar and Jugal Hansraj, till one day, National Award winning editor Aarif Sheikh decided to launch her as the lead in his directorial debut “Let’s Dance’.
Produced by Dr Arvind Patel, the film has music by Vipin Mishra and another National Award winner Tarali Sharma. The numbers have been choreographed by none other than Longinus Fernandes (of “Jai Ho”-”Slumdog Millionaire’ and “Pappu Can’t Dance Saala”-”Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na’ fame), Rajiv Goswami (of “Veer-Zaara’ and “Dhoom’ fame), Pappu-Malu (of “Saawariya’ fame) and the evergreen Saroj Khan.
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