The very first time I saw, Shall we dance?, I was swept off my feet! The music, the various dance forms, and the actors for whom dance was akin to breathing, simply took my breath away! I may have seen it about ten times, already, but I am waiting with bated breath to watch it all over again when it gets aired this Sunday, 20th November, on Romedy! Ah, that’s how crazy I am about the movie, I could shout about it from the roof tops, urging every one to watch it along with me!
But, amongst all the artists in the movie, the one who caught my eye, and my heart, was Paulina, played by Jennifer Lopez. the sincere and hard-working dance teacher who unknowingly entices the hero of the film, Richard Gere, into enrolling for the dance class. She also enticed me into believing that I could learn to salsa, or do the tango if I set my heart on it! She is the one for whom dance was a passion, a religion, a way of life!
For someone who has learnt the Indian Classical dance for more than a decade, for someone who gave it all up when life intervened, thinking about dancing to a foreign music was unthinkable. But, Paulina did it, to me, for me! Ever since I have seen the movie, I have fantasised being her. I have secretly played her, dancing as effortlessly, as beautifully as her.
The grace with which she tutors her students, be they the extremely handsome Mr. Clark (played by Richard Gere), or the clumsy, but sincere, Vern (played by Omar Miller), she enthrals them with her every move, every turn! I am a die-hard fan of Richard Gere’s, (well, who isn’t? ) but, when Paulina enters the scene, my eyes don’t leave her for a second. Frankly, that’s who I would love to be – the scene-stealer!
The tango she performs with Mr. Clark the evening before their big dance competition to prep him up, is a number I would love to dance to! In fact, when I am home alone, I play it on YouTube and watch mesmerised as they whirl and twirl to the music. I imagine I am Paulina and my body moves to the beat, albeit not as gracefully as hers. But, I come alive, in the same way that she asks Mr. Clark to be. At the end of the song, their faces glistening with sweat, their hearts thumping with unbridled joy, she pants, “Be this alive! Be this alive, tomorrow!”
She moves on the dance floor as if she moves on ice – she glides! And, when she dances, she becomes oblivious to the world around her. She is just into dance mode. That is the passion with which I watch her move, with which I move with the music, in my mind, in my heart.
If and when life allows me to indulge some of my fantasies, I would love to learn to tango and dance to the number that sets my heart racing. Until then, I’ll keep watching, no, gaping at Paulina and dancing in my dreams!
Which movie character would you like to play?
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