'Ranbir was quiet and sat by himself in one corner'
Uma and Gaiti, ace choreographers with 12 years of combined dance and choreography experience, most notably in television commercials and music videos, have choreographed for Remo D'Souza's ABCD that released today.
Experts in contemporary dance, they have participated in shows such as Channel [V] Footloose, Dance Premiere League, and Jhalak Dikhla Jaa. They conduct dance workshops in Dubai.
They are personal trainers for Bollywood celebrities Imran Khan, Emraan Hashmi, Dia Mirza, Abhay Deol, Mrinalini Sharma, and Celina Jaitely.
Uma and Gaiti have been working together for almost nine years in Mumbai. The first break came through a music video for Shaan directed by Vikramaditya Motwani. The song was called Na Kehna Nahi Ata.
Abhay Deol, who was a part of the project, recommended them to Vikram.
The first film song that they shot was for Ram Gopal Varma's Darna Zaroori Hai.
"We have choreographed one big song called Duhai hai and all the dance school sequences in the film. It was a great experience being a part of this feature with Remo, Prabhu Deva, K K Menon and all of the dancing stars. It was a choreographer's delight."
Uma and Gaiti share some interesting behind-the-scenes details of the stars they have interacted with.
We were thrilled when Imtiaz Ali called us for Rockstar. To choreograph Ranbir on A R Rahman's music was an extremely stimulating idea. Nevertheless the song (Phir Se Ud Chala) didn't have scope for dancing as it was real and situational.
Ranbir was quiet and sat by himself in one corner between takes and that's what stood out for us in the whole shoot: that you wouldn't realise that a huge star like Ranbir was on the set.
He would be taking guitar lessons whenever he got time.
Image: Ranbir Kapoor in Rockstar
'Farhan's sense of humour made the shoot memorable'
Working with Farhan was casual and his occasional sense of humour made the shoot memorable.
The song Uff Teri Adaa from Karthik Calling Karthik was a club song where there was dancing and a few funny moments which were really fun doing.
Farhan would say that he couldn't dance. He would do a cool move, like a wave or some robotics, which used to crack people up. We loved exploiting his dancing skills and showing the world that he is a fabulous dancer.
Image: Farhan Akhtar in Karthik Calling Karthik
'Deepika was bubbly and full of energy'
Deepika was bubbly and full of energy during the whole shoot. She loved the hook step. During the song she was asked to just be free and let her hair down.
This was the first time we all saw Deepika's free-spirited, fun and sexy side, which she pulled of with ease and conviction
Image: Deepika Padukone in Karthik Calling Karthik
'Emraan is a man of few words'
Emraan is a man of few words. We worked with him for Rush and the songs were Fukra and Mumkin Nahi. The first was an out-and-out dance number.
Emraan wanted to keep away from full-on dancing and we had to pull it off with just a signature jig and a lot of stylised attitude shots of him singing, which we all know he has mastered.
Image: Emraan Hashmi in Rush
'It was a pleasure working with Neha Dhupia'
We shot two songs with her for Rush. It was a pleasure working with her. She was most calm and easygoing.
The songs were more about body language, style and sex appeal, which she carried off well.
One of the songs called Mumkin Nahi had projections on her body and sometimes on all of her back. She emoted the song with ease and comfort, which was commendable.
Image: Neha Dhupia in Rush