Ranveer Singh to pay tribute to Amitabh Bachchan
Bollywood’s livewire star Ranveer Singh will light up the stage at the Times Of India Film Awards (TOIFA) in Dubai later this week in a tribute to megastar Amitabh Bachchan, revealed Shiamak Davar, who is choreographing the performances for the event.
“Ranveer is doing the most beautiful tribute to Amitabh Bachchan,” Davar said over phone from Mumbai.
The Band Baaja Baaraat actor, with his flexible dancing moves, will be grooving to multiple songs that have defined Amitabh’s over four-decade-long career in Hindi films. And Davar said the performance will give Ranveer a chance to show his acting prowess too.
“Ranveer is an actor, so these songs do not require too much of dance… They require elements of ‘how Amitabh would react to these songs’, because he is a great actor. The songs will not only be just a dance, but have a lot of acting as well,” added the 54-year-old choreographer.
Talking about the songs the Bajirao Mastani actor will be performing on, Davar said: “Ranveer has chosen all songs, which he thinks signify Mr. Bachchan.”
Meanwhile, Davar is also choreographing dance steps for a string of A-listers like Shah Rukh Khan, Varun Dhawan, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Salman Khan among others for the event, which will be held on March 18 at the Dubai International Stadium. Isn’t it exhausting to choreograph for so many stars on different songs for a celebration as grand as TOIFA?
“I never find myself tired in any of these things. I just find myself challenged because every award show for the same year has the same songs. So, I would keep on showing the songs differently,” he said.
“I can’t do the same songs that have the same hook moves… We keep on changing it. So it is fun and new,” Davar added.
Shah Rukh will be performing on “songs from his most popular films from the beginning (of his career) till now”.
However, for those who may be hoping to see the two Khans — Shah Rukh and Salman — dance together at the event, Davar said nothing is planned so far. But another star attraction would be popular rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh.
“I have been teaching hip-hop for the last 20 years and I don’t really do the general hip-hop. I do something called ‘Shiamak hip-hop’, which is very different,” he said, promising that something new will come out of Honey Singh’s performance. Will the audience get a chance to see Davar shake a leg at the event?
“No, not this time. There were too many award ceremonies. It has got so hectic that I had to forget about myself and just concentrate on the stars.”