Maiden ‘Swami’

Touching an emotional chord A scene from ‘Swami’

Touching an emotional chord A scene from ‘Swami’  

Seasoned choreographer Ganesh Acharya turns director with ‘Swami’

There are usually more Ganesh Acharya films in a year than the months in the calendar.

Last year, 13 films choreographed by him hit the silver screen, including Rang De Basanti and Lage Raho Munna Bhai.

12 films getting ready

This year, 12 of his films are in varying stages of production.

Little wonder, Acharya, a seasoned choreographer now, had to wait for five years before he could put together Swami, his debut directorial venture which he prefers to call a “choreographed effort”. “First of all, I am a choreographer. Dance direction has given me my identity.

Creating movement

“And choreography means creating movement. The director is the biggest choreographer in a film. Earlier, I was a song choreographer. This time, it is film choreography.”

A bit of word play and Acharya reveals what you always suspected an extremely busy man of doing.

“I choreograph songs during the day. I write at night. I had written the script of Swami over the past five years or so but was waiting for the right moment. For quite some time, I had not had great success in choreography. Last year, everything changed. I had Rang De Basanti and Lage Raho… I realised this was the time I had been waiting for.”

An endearing movie

So, he went ahead and put together an endearing Swami, a film starring Manoj Bajpai and Juhi Chawla, also a story with personal moments and an identifiable feel.

Says Acharya who has a South Indian mother and a Maharashtrian father, “Swami is from my heart. It is partly autobiographical in the sense that I drew inspiration from my mom and dad. There are incidents from my childhood too. I never thought of choosing any big star because it is the story of somebody who has risen from the ranks.” The film comes without any trademark Acharya songs and dances.

No elaborate dances

Why? “There are songs in the film and there is a beautiful background score too. But there are no elaborate dances.”

But isn’t it a big risk in times when stars and songs tend to yield maximum returns at the box office?

“I never thought on those lines but my film will appeal to all those who can laugh and cry, all those who run with the flow during the day and cry in moments of solitude.

Anybody who has experienced emotions of loss and love can enjoy the film.”


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