US dance show winner makes Bollywood debut with ABCD

By Hindustan Times

For Lauren Gottlieb, the winner of the US dance reality show So You Think You Can Dance, making her Bollywood debut with dance movie ABCD is a dream come true.

Lauren is set to make her debut in Bollywood with Remo D'Souza's directorial venture ABCD (Any Body Can Dance), a 3D dance
film.

"When Remo approached me for this film, I agreed as I liked the script. I believe everything happens for a reason. It was my biggest dream to do a dance film and now it has come true through Remo," Lauren told PTI.

"Somewhere, I have taken a chance with this film. And I hope people will like me," she said. Talking about her role, Lauren says, "I play a girl named Rhea, who is a very talented and determined dancer. She starts out in a contemporary ballet school and decides to follow her teacher when he decides to leave the school and head to a more underground urban dance scene." "She gets pulled from being a contemporary dancer to a hip hopper, which in turn helps her to open up and find her true passion through dance," she said.

Considering she is making her debut in Bollywood, Lauren had to take training in learning Hindi. "I had a tutor who helped with the dialogues. I can speak a bit of Hindi on my own now," she said.

Now that she has been in and out of India for shooting and promotions of the film, Lauren is learning Indian dance
styles - Bharatnatyam and Kathak.

"I am having so much fun learning steps from different Indian classical dances like Bharatnatyam and Kathak, as well
as the more westernised Bollywood dancing that we are doing in the film," she said.

Lauren also said she was "promoting the film in the US in her own little way by spreading the message about ABCD. On if she would be interested in doing more Bollywood films, Lauren says, "Yes why not...if the right kind of opportunity comes up. I will definitely look into it."

ABCD is set to release on February 8.

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