‘Hitting lows is important to reach highs’

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‘Hitting lows is important to reach highs’

Sunday, 18 August 2019 | MUSBA HASHMI

‘Hitting lows is important to reach highs’

Choreographer BOSCO MARTIS, who debued with Mission Kashmir speaks with MUSBA HASHMI about his best moments and judging a reality show

You have been in the industry for almost two decades now. How do you think you have evolved as an artist?

It has not been an overnight thing. It takes time. Every day is a learning process. At the end of the day, I analyse the mistakes and try not to repeat them. I learn by seeing myself. I am still evolving. I try to improve and keep progressing.

How has your journey been? Were there more ups or more downs?

The truth is that you have to hit the lows to go high. It is important for one’s progress. If you are already on that high, then there is only downfall. I would rather like lows coming in my life so that it can prepare me for the highs.

You have choreographed for people like Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan. How is it like to work with them?

It is more of a giving process since I am choreographing them. While working with actors, you have to understand that this is what they are and you have to bring out the best in them. The audience doesn’t know if they can dance or not, it is up to me see see how to present them. This is when our expertise come into work. It is also a challenge to figure out how to present a particular actor, since everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, so that they come out as a better version of themselves.

Out of all the actors you have worked with, which one is your favourite?

Ranbir Kapoor is my favourite. I love working with him. The reason being he has nothing to say. If I am giving him a step he just does it without any ifs and buts. He just does everything that is taught to him for the love of dance and for the love of what’s happening around him. He knows that he is with professionals who will give him the right moves and what it takes to make the song a hit.

What was the most challenging project for you?

The song Senorita in the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara was challenging. We had to be in Spain and had to complete the song in just 10 days. There was a lot of hard work that went into it and the appraisal was so well done. It also got a National Award for us.

What are some of the best moment of your journey?

I have enjoyed each and every moment of my life. It is not a single memory that turns out to be best for you but it is a collaborative effort of each and everything in your life. It will be wrong to term any particular incident or memory as the best one. But, yes one of the best moments can be the year 2000 when my debut film as a choreographer — Mission Kashmir released.

How do you define dance?

Dance is a way to release your energy. If you are happy you can dance, if you are sad you can dance.

What does success mean to you?

Success is what you embed in yourself and what you derive from it. It is not as if you got a big offer and you become successful. Success for me is the little things that makes me happy. If a child comes and hugs me, it is asuccess.

How is the experience with Dance India Dance?

I am thoroughly enjoying it. There is a lot of fresh talent. Then, there is Kareena Kapoor Khan as a judge this time. It is a wonderful experience.

What is your mindset while judging a reality show?

I try to give the best of my knowledge to the performer. I try to give the best of my expertise to the contestants so that they can benefit from it. And, I hope that I do it the right way.

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