Television has proved to be a lucrative option for reputed Bollywood music directors, singers and choreographers. Over the years, the unsung (and underpaid) heroes of the film industry have been a regular feature on reality shows predominantly as judges, mentors or hosts. Two names that have so far remained untouched by the reality bandwagon are of ace Bollywood choreographers Bosco and Caesar. However, that’s not the case anymore after the duo took up mentoring duties on Colors reality show Chak dhoom dhoom.
Before one can say anything, the duo sigh, “We are the last established choreographers to take to reality shows. In the past, we’ve been offered many reality shows including Dance India Dance but we were busy with our Bollywood commitments, thus we couldn’t take up any.”
The catholic boys, who’ve choreographed tracks such as Dus bahane (Dus), Seekh le (Munna bhai M.B.B.S), are surprisingly just mentoring the kids in Chak dhoom dhoom, when ideally, the country’s best dancers should be occupying the judges’ chair.
“Actually, we prefer mentoring than judging. As a judge your task is to merely give points. As mentors, we’ll be choreographing all acts and importantly, we get to do all those things with the kids which we can’t do with our Bollywood stars. Children are like sponge, you can mould them into any shape,” replied Bosco.
Money is the incentive for such artists to come to TV, but Bosco Caesar disagree saying, “Reality shows have given us (choreographers) the necessary exposure. Television is more demanding thus the question of who pays better doesn’t arrive. Be it films or TV, the effort that goes in is the same. So, money doesn’t come into the picture.”
The duo specialise in all types of dancing but judge Saroj Khan is known to be partial towards classical and Bollywood dance. Won’t there be a conflict of interest here?
“I don’t think that situation will arise. As said before, we’ll be choreographing all acts. It will be mélange of Indian and western dance,” avers Bosco.
As a legendary name, Khan is entitled to her opinion but the presence of actor Vindoo Dara Singh in the jury does raise few brows. An actor, not known for his dancing skills, will adjudicate acts choreographed by nation’s top dancers. Somehow that defies logic.
However, our boys have an explanation for this too.
“Vindoo is an emotional guy. Saroj and Ahmed Khan will judge technically, while Vindoo will adjudicate like the junta. Guess, the channel needed someone with junta’s vision and Vindoo must be the perfect choice,” the duo explained.
Well, everything goes in our reality shows. Welcome, to the idiot box boys.
-Mayur Lookhar/ Sampurn