Neeraj Madhav is now officially a choreographer
Neeraj Madhav has proved that he is not just a good actor, but can step into the shoes of a dance choreographer as well, if need be. Recently, the actor turned choreographer for his upcoming film Oru Vadakkan Selfie and made his co-stars Nivin and Aju shake a leg.
“It was cinematographer Jomon T John who suggested that I choreograph the song Enne Thallendammava. Though it started off casually, it became official when everyone including Vineeth and director Prajith liked the moves. The song is not a hardcore dance video, but more of a funky song with stylish moves. I also feature in the video, with Nivin and Aju, and the camaraderie between us made the whole sequence better,” says Neeraj.
So, was it difficult to make his co-stars dance? “Nivin has a good timing and sense of rhythm, but Aju was a bit lazy. I had to literally drag him and make him dance in accordance with the music. But it took just two days. Jomon chettan’s lighting and camera angles gave it an international appeal and everyone is quite impressed with the outcome.”
However, for the dancer-cum-theatre artist, choreography is not something new. “During college days, I used to choreograph for college fests for pocket money. And now I have became an official one,” he says, adding that he doesn’t want to make it as a profession, though. “I am currently busy with acting; but if all goes well, I will definitely try a hand at choreography too.” Neeraj is playing the character of a bus driver Thankaprasad who is known by the name Thankamma, in the film. He has also been signed in for a key role in the film Madhuranaranga alongside Kunchacko Boban and Biju Menon.