From being a contestant and skipper in Dance India Dance to acting in Remo D Souza’s upcoming movie ABCD-2, Raghav Juyal, king of slow motion, feels confident and excited about the way his career is shaping up. He chats with SANGEETA YADAV about his experience on the sets and sharing screen space with Prabhu Deva, Shraddha Kapoor and Varun Dhawan
They are back to make you rock and roll with their foot-tapping numbers, leave you awestruck with amazing moves and dumbfounded with a story line that is bound to appeal. ABCD 2 (Any Body Can Dance) is all set for a worldwide release in June and the producers are confident that this chapter will reap in all the benefits.
“ABCD-2 is bigger and better in terms of the level of dance, larger-than-life cinematography, shooting in 3D at Las Vegas and much more. Dance is the soul of ABCD 2 and a sneak peak of it is already showcased in the recently launched trailer. The movie has an amazing storyline and it would be interesting to see how four dancers bring everyone together and form an amazing dance group,” Raghav Juyal, who was the second runners up of Dance India Dance Season 3.
Juyal, known as the king of slow motion, had to leave DID Supermoms Season 2 for ABCD 2, will be seen in an interesting avatar.
“I play Varun Dhawan’s brother in the film. He owns a rehearsal hall where all the dancers come to practise. No matter how big or small the problem is, Raghav stays with his group. He brings a big twist in the movie which takes the story to Las Vegas,” the actor says.
While Juyal had all the moves on his fingertips, his co-stars Shraddha Kapoor and Varun Dhawan had a hard time practising and perfecting their dance routines.
“Varun and Shraddha have put in a lot of effort and they match each and every step of professional dancers. There is a sequence between the duo and Lauren Gottlieb. That’s full paisa wasool,” Juyal tells you, adding that Shraddha Kapoor is an easy learner but Dhawan took a lot of time to get his steps in place.
For Juyal, sharing a screen space with Pradhu Deva was a dream come true.
“I have never understood his lingo so it was difficult to speak with Prabhu sir and maintain a straight face. He is a funny man who doesn’t have any airs about himself,” he recalls.
The dancers have a good rapport with director Remo D Souza and that has helped these dancers grow manifold.
“Remo sir is a very relaxed director and is like an enlightened soul. He never scolds anyone. No matter how big the problem is he has a cool temperament. During the shoots, our set caught fire and burnt down to ashes. Even during that time, he maintained his composure,” he tells you.
Juyal feels that through ABCD -2 he got to learn a lot about production which was missing when he was working for TV.
“When you dance on a TV show, you have to do it in one go and the camera is fixed in one place. But in movies, we get to know about various camera angles that needs to be given, camera function, use of lenses, direction, cinematography and much more. Whenever I don’t have a scene, I make it a point to explore my surroundings and speak with people about their work. It’s like a college for me,” he says.
He came to Mumbai to become a dancer but Juyal also wanted to give acting a decent shot.
“Director Ramesh Sippy advised me to give acting a chance and I am glad I took his advise seriously. That’s how I landed up doing Sonali Cable which turned out to be a big flop. But I learnt a lot during the making of that film. And all those learnings I have put to good use in my upcoming big ticket film — ABCD 2. Being a good dancer has helped me become an evolved performer,” Juyal tells you.
(The interview appeared in The Pioneer Newspaper – http://www.dailypioneer.com/sunday-edition/sunday-pioneer/backpack/shraddha-learns-steps-faster-than-varun.html)