"Bollywood Steps" is an inspiring documentary featuring the story of American-born Indian boys learning to connect with their heritage through Bollywood-style dance, and their bond with Bollywood-trained choreographer Yogen Bhagat.
Though Yogen enjoyed a thriving dance career in his native India, after he marries an Indian-American, he relocates to Southern California. He restarts his career, first by teaching dance, and then by creating his own professional dance troupe.
"Bollywood Steps" spends a season with Yogen, his young students, and their families. From the rehearsal hall to the stage, to home life, to the colorful "Holi" celebration, this documentary explores the meaning of cultural identity - and family - in 21st century America.
"I just want them to remember that they are Indian in their culture - and Indian in their heart" (Yogen Bhagat)
"Bollywood Steps" was created by Rich Samuels, an Emmy(tm) award-winning documentarian based in Los Angeles.
Total Running Time: 50 Minutes
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These are American children and the parents we meet have achieved the American dream. They want this for their children as well, but also desire for them to have an appreciation for Indian culture. The boys realize this in dance, an art form which in India is practiced by both sexes, and the boys are quick to explain this to the camera! Their performances are energetic and entertaining, led by their engaging and wise teacher, Yogen Bhagat, who demands perfection while reminding them to respect their families, their parents and their dance. Yogen's career change tale is a story unto itself.
These boys might be playing basketball on another day of the week and the impression the parents give is that it's a fine thing to do. As one parent puts it, "He's an American kid." The parents of the young dancers have fully embraced the American culture, while keeping strong ties to that of India. They wish that for their children, and if they succeed we will all be the richer for it.