Bosco Martis added Dev Anand’s signature step in Matargashti and the Tamasha song went to an altogether different level with inputs from Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Imtiaz Ali
On Imtiaz Ali
Imtiaz and I go back a long way. We have been working together since Jab We Met, and share a good rapport. When we were choreographing Nagada from Jab We Met, he was sceptical about the song because he thought we choreographers would make the song eclipse the rest of the film. When we explained that we would do no such thing, and when he saw the song, he trusted us. That’s the kind of faith he has in us. Every time we meet, he says, ‘Aap kharab kar doge meri film ko,’ and I say, ‘Hum gaana achcha karenge.’
When he was making Tamasha, he called me to meet him. He briefed me, saying I would need to design the steps of Matargashti to suggest two people meeting for the first time, with the guy looking cute while performing them. When you watch Ranbir doing those steps, he will remind you of a prankster. Also, my moves had to show an instant connect between Deepika and Ranbir’s characters.
On Dev Anand’s Signature Step
It was Imtiaz’s idea to include the signature step of Dev (Anand) sahab. He wanted to bring out the cuteness and innocence in Ranbir’s character through that step, and Ranbir has done a great job. When he dances, you can’t take your eyes off him. He doesn’t worry about getting his steps or his act correct; he just does it. The idea behind Matargashti is that it should bring a smile to your face, and I hope we have achieved that.
Keeping It Real
None of the songs in an Imtiaz Ali film are superfluous. Be it a sad song or a love song, they always take the script forward and there is always a story inherent in them. In the scene where Ranbir imitates Dev sahab, for instance, Deepika does the same, but in a casual manner. That was a conscious decision. The first time you dance with someone, you don’t have to match the steps perfectly. So we have tried keeping it as real as possible.
On Comparing It With Hawa Hawa From Rockstar
We have received feedback on this, because the backdrop of two people dancing on the road is the same. But when you watch the film and see where the song is placed, you will not think of Hawa hawa.