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The success of ‘Parudeesa’ is a ray of hope for the dance community in Kerala, say choreographers Sumesh Sundar and Jishnudas


Sumesh and Jishnu have choreographed the viral tune from Amal Neerad’s Mammootty-starrer ‘Bheeshma Parvam’

Sumesh and Jishnu have choreographed the viral tune from Amal Neerad’s Mammootty-starrer ‘Bheeshma Parvam’

Choreographers Sumesh Sundar and Jishnudas are over the moon. They are getting rave critiques for their work for the observe ‘Parudeesa’ from Amal Neerad’s Mammootty-starrer Bheeshma Parvam. The tune, composed by Sushin Shyam and sung by Sreenath Bhasi, is picturised on Soubin Shahir, Sreenath, Srindaa and Anagha. The video has clocked over 41 lakh views thus far.

(From left) Sumesh Sundar, Amal Neerad and Jishnudas
| Photo Credit: Special association

“Viewers have enjoyed the choreography. The appreciation is a heady feeling,” says Sumesh. They began Myself and My Moves, a “dance community” in 2016, and opened a dance studio by the similar identify in Thrissur a yr later. The studio has been instructing totally different Western dance kinds, moreover Bollywood, semi-classical and up to date. They have additionally been importing movies of their performances and of the crew on their YouTube channel (Myself and My Moves). One of these dance movies caught the consideration of Amal Neerad.

Surprise invitation

“The call from his office came out of the blue. We were asked to meet him in Fort Kochi. Until we did meet him in person, we could not believe it was really happening,” says Jishnu.

(From left) Sumesh Sundar, Sreenath Bhasi and Jishnudas

(From left) Sumesh Sundar, Sreenath Bhasi and Jishnudas
| Photo Credit: Special association

Sumesh provides: “Amal ettan had seen our video of the song ‘Happy New Year’ from the Tamil film Kuruvi. Initially, he thought that we were choreographers from Tamil Nadu. Once he learned that we were based in Thrissur, he got in touch with us. We were surprised to know that he had seen all our videos. Even Soubin ikka, Bhasi and other artistes were discussing our videos.”

Amal’s temporary for ‘Parudeesa’ was that since the tune has the vibe of the late ‘80s, the choreography shouldn’t have too many new-age dance strikes. “He needed the style that was popular during those times, such as the famous Michael Jackson moves. We have incorporated that [like Soubin’s moonwalk] and hip-hop party moves. All thanks to Sushin’s music and lyrics by Vinayak Sasikumar,” explains Sumesh.

(From left) Sumesh Sundar, Soubin Shahir and Jishnudas 

(From left) Sumesh Sundar, Soubin Shahir and Jishnudas 
| Photo Credit: Special association

The 20-odd dancers in the video embrace members and college students of the dance studio. “Amal ettan’s plan was to shoot the song towards the end. But the pandemic upset the shooting schedule and so the shoot had to be done immediately. That’s why we went with our own dancers,” says Jishnu. The tune was shot at Uru Art Harbour in Fort Kochi.

Sumesh Sundar and Jishnudas with the fellow dancers and students of their studio Myself and Moves during the shoot of the song

Sumesh Sundar and Jishnudas with the fellow dancers and college students of their studio Myself and Moves throughout the shoot of the tune
| Photo Credit: Special association

They say that since Soubin, Sreenath and Anagha are good dancers the instructing course of was clean. “Amal ettan had insisted on rehearsals and it was the actors who were excited about it. Many of our actors are good dancers but they rarely get a chance to showcase that in Malayalam cinema. ‘Parudeesa’ was an opportunity for the actors in the film to rock. We gave all of them the space to perform,” Sumesh says. They have choreographed another tune in the film, which options dancers from their studio.

Big enhance for choreographers

The choreographers imagine that the success of the tune is a ray of hope for the dance community in Kerala. They level out that there are scores of dance troupes and sensible choreographers in the State who’re ready for acceptance and alternatives. “There are so many beautifully choreographed works in Malayalam cinema, thanks to the richness of our film music. But the choreographers are never celebrated. It was overwhelming to see our names on the posters of the movie,” Jishnu says.

It was dance that introduced them collectively. They used to satisfy at dance contests, had been half of a dance crew, and had participated in actuality exhibits, typically as background dancers. “We had entered the industry at a time when Western dance had no patronage in Kerala. We both loved hip-hop but wanted to learn other styles as well. However, there weren’t many opportunities in the State. Also, people pooh-poohed the idea of learning Western dance. We wanted to break that notion and that eventually led to the formation of our team. Our stress is on dance education,” says 30-year-old Sumesh, who stop his job to focus on dance. Jishnu, 28, has assisted a few choreographers in movies.

The preliminary days had been tough. There had been hardly 10 or 15 college students for their workshops. “We bought extra acceptance as soon as we began doing movies on regional songs,” Sumesh says. Every yr they maintain December Dance Fest (DDF), which options workshops, talks, battles, ciphers amongst different periods. The fifth version of the occasion was held in December 2021.

Bheeshma Parvam releases in theatres on March 3.



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