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A new direction

Lawrence moves from choreography to direct a film with Nagarjuna


MATINEE IDOLS, no matter how big they are in stature, have to follow in his footsteps, without complaining. He orders them to twist `n' twirl, hop `n' swing and gyrate to the most difficult movements. It is dance director Raghavendra Lawrence who sets the tempo on the silver screen, even if it is for a few minutes, and ensures that the audience revisit the theatres for the electrifying dance numbers. He made ripples with the exciting number Dayi Dayi Damma in Indra, which is popularly known as the `sitar step'. This is his favourite step, which had been devised even before the song was conceived and this song became so popular that it drew audience to the theatres more than once.

Lawrence is in news once again but this time for different reasons. He will soon be directing a film, which has none other than Nagarjuna as hero. The film titled Mass - Dammunte Kasko is being produced by Annapoorna Studios. Lawrence, who is tight-lipped about the project, however, spoke about his penchant for direction, be it dance or a full-length feature film. "I have been working on the script for the past one year though I had nobody in mind. When I came to know that Nagarjuna is encouraging new talent, I gave him the script. He was impressed with the story and gave the green signal. I am grateful to him because he never questioned my abilities as a director."

He brushes aside the question of his plans to turn producer saying, "my energies are pegged on the current project and I have not given a thought to this. I am planning to complete the film within 10 months and by god's grace if the film does well, and I am sure it would, then I would give more thought to direction." However, he hastens to add that he would not leave choreography which is his first love, "I will try to balance my career in such a way that both activities get equal footage," he concludes.

G. MANJULA KUMAR

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