And Caesar shall go forth

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He is one half of the duo called Bosco-Caesar which needs no introduction in Bollywood choreography. With fire enough in his feet to burn the dance-floor, Caesar Gonsalves is synonymous with electrifying energy. But as an honest, humble member of his team, he declines to take the credit alone.

For it is the synergy of an unmatched co-ordination that makes all the difference from the rest. “Bosco and I have fought and patched up like a couple only to strengthen our bond by the day. Our chemistry only got better with time as it has managed to weather the stormy test of the times. Without my dear friend’s support and co-operation, who’s like a brother to me, our company wouldn’t have come where it is today,” says Caesar.
Standing at the cusp of success with a coveted Filmfare Award in his kitty, the dance-master finds himself comfortably ensconced in a happy space. “This phase too will pass as success is a fleeting phenomenon and you don’t know what’s coming up next. So the best option is to enjoy the moment of victory and put it behind in perspective only to conquer the goals set for the future,” he says. Incidentally, the Bosco-Caesar pair has been reaping rewards over consecutive years and the black lady has really proved a lucky mascot for the choreographers in establishing their brand as a sought-after name in the film industry. If it was Zoobi Doobi in 3 Idiots for which they won a Filmfare statuette in 2010, then it was Senorita’s turn to grab the trophy from the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara in the following year. And yes, the song also bagged the duo their first National Award. So it’s a comfortable hattrick for the capering guys!
Though having achieved a lot within a span of 12 years, Caesar confirms that they never forgotten their past. “Struggle is important in life as it keeps you grounded. Once success hits your head, you tend to lose the urge to emulate the previous results and excel ahead,” he opines. Having founded a dance academy — Bosco-Caesar Dance Company (BCDC) — in both Mumbai and Kolkata to train avid aspirants at the respective centres, Caesar informs to put stress on the trademark styles that he and his partner Bosco are experts at. “This is not a business venture per se but our long-cherished dream coming true with a hot-bed of crazy talents to boot. They all have it in them to cause a stir on the choreographicscape. The only requirement is to properly groom them to channelise their latent talent and passion into the right direction,” he insists. Sensing that the eastern zone has a huge Bollywood market, the BCDC stable plans a series of succeeding workshops come this May in Kolkata. “Even if we can prepare just two students and launch them on the international platform, I’ll be a happy man. We are not dealing in any number-games over here. We rather prefer quality over quantity at the end of the day,” he comments with a keynote. In the six-month course introduced last August, two of Bosco-Caesar’s efficient assistants and co-dancers flew in from Mumbai to Kolkata with a view to instruct pupils at the dance-precinct.
Admitting the fact that in Bollywood, a choreographer is meant to be versatile with a know-how of different kinds of dance-forms, Caesar feels that Bosco and he visibly score on that front. “Well, that’s our vantage point. On one hand, we did try out something exotic and western in Student of the Year’s Vele, on the other, the Tumi Ho Bandhu number from Cocktail spelt out a traditional finger mudra which conforms to an Indian classical dance-form. So, we are pretty balanced with our work and explore a mishmash of diverse dance-styles on our plate,” he says. Lined up for release are Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, the Zanjeer remake, Ishq in Paris with actor Preity Zinta in two songs and director Ali Abbas Zafar’s under-production — Gunday — which is being currently shot in the northern fringes of Kolkata.
Amidst running a hectic schedule, Caesar divulges that plans are also afoot to stage a big, scintillating show from the banner of BCDC with its batch of students and tutors. Besides, both the gurus are slated to appear on the show to perform. “We’ll do a recap of the whole thing that we taught in the last eight-nine months’ session inside the classroom,” he says. With a wish to make a musical someday along the lines of a Lion King or The Phantom of an Opera or a High School Musical, Caesar steers clear out of a typical Bollywood pot-boiler. His 20-yearlong friend Amin Hajee (screenwriter of Swades, Dangerous Ishq and Haunted fame) is already working on the script. With Bollybiscs having gone global in recent years, Caesar apprises that from Spain to Hongkong, people go gaga over Bollywood lataka-jhatakas. “They mostly love to dance to a blockbuster song’s prelude and mukhra (opening refrain),” he rattles of. Pin-pointing Hrithik Roshan, the incorrigible perfectionist, as the best male dancer in showbiz and Katrina Kaif among the actresses, Caesar contemplates a workshop in the UK’s Leicestershire and Birmingham very soon
Having recently shot a couple of music videos of two romantic melodies in Spain’s beautiful locale of Jávea, this agile dancer recalls to hit the spot under a blistering hot sun with the mercury-level soaring to as high as 47 degree at 12 noon in the afternoon. Call it an occupational hazard or what you will, but the nimble-toed, ponytailed Caesar in a pair of tight jeans candidly confesses to be gung-ho about it!

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