Choreographer Terence Lewis will write & star in his debut feature film, which will be centered around contemporary dance. “The character I’ve written really resonates with who I am in a certain way & also not in many places…But I would love to play this character,” the choreographer said. Casting for the film’s other characters will soon begin, Terence added.
New Delhi: Ace choreographer Terence Lewis will make his feature film debut with a dance movie.
“To begin with, this film is on dance & such an intriguing style of dance. This is contemporary” Terence told IANS.
“So honestly, there is no actor in the industry who could do justice to this because dancing is the pivotal part of the film & it is not Bollywood, not hip hop, not salsa. It is contemporary which is not easy to learn. It is like method acting,” he added.
He will himself act in the film.
“The character I have written really resonates with who I am in a certain way & also not in many places, it’s not me… But I would love to play this character because it is so interesting & dynamic. It is actually quite the opposite of who I am.”
Terence, who became popular as a mentor & judge on “Dance India Dance”, made his acting debut with a short film titled “The Good Girl”.
Opening up about his decision to do a feature film, he said: “I have been offered many films before in the last few years, but I just did not want to do any film. I wanted to do a film which has depth & which has meaning, that’s why I had to write it for myself. So this is going to launch me as an actor & I feel justice to this role will be done by somebody who is a dancer & has the maturity to feel those things.”
There will be two women in the film.
“We will be casting very soon once the work is done,” he added of the film, which he has finalized after 18 drafts.
“I am a first-time writer & I wanted to give myself enough time & be very sure of each & every sentence being spoken by all my characters & make sure that each of them is true.”
The film is about how the childhood always affects the decision being made in the future & “how we kind of marry into certain archetype & how we have relationships with those archetypes & we have to learn our lessons from the archetypes”.
“This is a very childlike film… The kind of films I have grown up looking at & admiring the work of certain very mature directors. I felt that it was very important to write a very mature Indian film with dance as the background.
“I also felt that the contemporary dance hasn’t been explored at all & whether it’s India or internationally & I felt that it is so important to speak the story of these characters through dance in a very profound way.”
Terence runs the Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company & specializes in Indian folk, contemporary & neo-classical dance forms. He has also choreographed international stage shows, Bollywood shows, Broadway Western musicals, & music videos. He is holding a dance camp till May 4.