I want to take up acting: Choreographer Terence Lewis

September 14th, 2012 - 1:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Sep 14 (IANS) Terence Lewis says it’s time to do something new and he is keen to enter the realm of acting. The choreographer is looking for unconventional roles in realistic movies, which are fun to watch.

“I want to take up acting. That is something I always wanted to do but I steered towards dancing. I have been dancing for a long time now and I want to look at other avenues as well,” he said.

The Mumbai-born 38-year-old runs Terence Lewis Dance Academy in Mumbai and specialises in Indian folk, contemporary and neo-classical dance forms.

“I want to do movies that I can believe in. I want unconventional yet fun cinema. I don’t want to do depressing films. We live in a country where news is already depressing. No one wants to take a depression pill. I want to deal with tricky situations and make it funny and quirky,” he added.

He tags superhero or typical Bollywood films as childish.

“It also doesn’t have to be superhero or typical Bollywood films. Those are childish for me. Right now all the movies that have become a hit are in that category. This means that our audience still has the thinking of a 10-year-old. Take interesting subjects but don’t make it boring. Make it funny and satirical,” he said.

The choreographer has received one or two offers till now, but has not found anything interesting enough to take it up.

“There have been one or two offers, but nothing so exciting. I want to do something different. I don’t prefer a dance film, but if it comes, I will do it. It’s an obvious choice. It’s not like I want to be famous or earn money. I just want to contribute to good cinema,” he said.

“My agency has many directors on board, so there are talks. I am going to now actively approach people. There are some directors who are making amazing cinema like Anurag Basu, Anurag Kashyap, Vishal Bhardwaj and lots of interesting roles in their films which I would want to do,” he added saying he wants to de-glam himself for his roles.

“I want to change my look (for films), leave the glossiness and probably look like someone from the streets.”

Another wish on his list is to take up direction one day, but said that the “responsibility is tremendous”.

“You need to be responsible for every department and right now I can’t take so much stress. I would go completely crazy handling so much. The whole gambit of technical and (handling) emotional aspects of other people takes time. I would direct a film for sure but not now,” said Lewis who will be seen as one of the judges in Life OK’s talent show “Hindustan Ke Hunarbaaz” going on air in October.

He has been a judge on two season of dance reality show “Dance India Dance”.

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