Westernised Bollywood dancing will fade away: Mithun

Westernised Bollywood dancing will fade away: Mithun

"Nowadays dance in Bollywood has become more westernised, but this trend will fade away," says Mithun, whose favourite dancer from the current crop is Hrithik Roshan.

Chakraborty had debuted with Mrinal Sen's 'Mrigaya', and went on to make a mark on the canvas of Bollywood with his unique style of dancing in films like 'Disco Dancer' and 'Dance Dance' which is admired by people even today.

"India is not restricted to four cities, rather India lies beyond the four metropolises where people don't identify with this style of dancing," says the veteran actor, who was in the capital recently to promote his upcoming film 'Chal Chalein'.

The film, directed by Ujjwal Singh, is about a group of kids fighting against excessive parental pressure to excel in their careers. It was screened at the Cannes Film festival earlier this year.

"Every year, once the board exam results are out, you see news about some child committing suicide out of disappointment and fear of their parents. 'Chal Chalein' is centered around a similar case," says Chakraborty.

The national award winning actor plays the role of an advocate who helps a group of teenagers fight a case in the court against their parents as a protest against their monumental expectations from their children.

"I practice before I preach. I never forced my children to do anything. Through this film, we are trying to change the way parents think, so that their own kids don't point fingers at them in the future," he says.

Mithun has donned his dancing shoes again for this film in a song which is the re-worked version of "Aye duniya tujhko salam" from his earlier film 'Pyar Ka Mandir'.

Noted Tamil music composer Illaiyaraja has composed music for this film, and has also revived the concept of 'lori' or a lullaby which was long missing from Hindi music.

"Illaiyaraja is a legendary composer, and every song in the film is a treat," Mithun says.

Chakraborty was earlier seen in 'Zor lagaa ke haiyya', another film with children taking up the issue of environment conservation.

Talking about associating with cause-oriented films, Chakraborty says, "I thought that the message should be delivered and an actor of my stature can only do it, so I did these films."

The actor, who has spent over three decades in the industry, has done a variety of films both in Hindi and Bengali, be it family dramas, action thrillers, comedies or art films.

"I do not think an actor can be framed into a single bracket. I wanted to prove myself as an actor in every kind of film," says Chakraborty.

Some of Chakraborty's upcoming films are 'Zindagi Tere naam' and 'Phir Kabhi' in Hindi and 'Ekti Nodir Golpo' (Tale of a river) and 'Shukno Lonka' (Dry Chilli) in Bengali.

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