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Netflix’s Yeh Ballet Trailer Centres on Dreams, Society & Dance

Netflix today dropped the trailer for Yeh Ballet, a heartwarming story directed by National awardee, Sooni Taraporevala.

The music of the film is helmed by Ankur Tewari and is beautifully choreographed by Shiamak Davar, Cindy Claes and Vitthal Patil. The movie is produced by Roy Kapur Films.

Yeh Ballet is a film inspired by the incredible true story of two boys from humble backgrounds in Mumbai, who triumph over their circumstances and make their way to prestigious international ballet schools.

The story features two dancers – Nishu (played by Manish Chauhan), the winner of a dance show and Asif (played by Achintya Bose), his fiercest competitor turned friend, a hip hop rebel.

The film also stars Julian Sands (A Room With A View, What/If) and Jim Sarbh (Neerja, Padmavat, House Arrest).

Their lives completely change when Saul (played by Julian Sands), a greying ballet teacher discovers them fortuitously in a nondescript dance academy in Mumbai.

Saul pushes them to set out on a tough yet fulfilling journey mastering a dance form that is totally alien to them.

They break through the shackles of society and family pressures to become male ballet dancers.

With rooted emotional moments and electrifying performances across various dance forms like free-style, desi hip-hop, and ballet, this story captures the beautiful and rapturous world of dance.

It focuses on the sheer grit of the ballet boys’ triumph.

Director, Sooni Taraporevala, said about the film, “Yeh Ballet is inspired by the real story of two young boys who were determined and dreamt big.

It’s such an awesome and almost unbelievable story that it makes you believe in working with passion towards your goals.

I discovered the boys a few years ago when my son was working with Aanand Gandhi and I was asked if I’d like to direct a VR documentary.

Out of various possible subjects I chose this one since I learnt ballet in my youth. I felt connected to their story and instantly wanted to share it with the world.

A film like this on a global service like Netflix will hopefully pique curiosity about the angelic mystique of ballet – but also demonstrate how dreams – no matter how outrageous, can be realised.”

Yeh Ballet is a story about dreaming big because your dreams don’t know where you come from. The film releases exclusively on Netflix on February 21, 2020.

Watch Yeh Ballet trailer here:

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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