Terence Lewis wants to become an actor

Mumbai: Choreographer Terence Lewis, who attained fame as one of the judges in reality show Dance India Dance (DID), says he wants to become an actor and later on pursue direction.

Terence started his career as a choreographer and is specialised in Indian folk, Neo-classical and contemporary dance forms. He runs a dance institute named ‘Terrence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company’.

He choreographed dances in some Bollywood films like ‘Lagaan’, ‘Jhankaar Beats’, ‘Naach’ and others. Apart from this, he also choreographed international stage shows, Indian contemporary performances, mega Bollywood shows and several music videos.

Now after a successful stint as a choreographer, Terence says he wants to try his hand at acting.

“I would like to explore myself as an actor. I have been through dancing for a long time now it is time for me to explore other avenues. As a kid I used to sing, dance, I was into dramatics. I would love to pursue being an actor but not as such as a hero,” Terence told reporters here, last evening.

“That is not something I aspire to do. By an actor I mean a nice role, where I am convinced and I feel I can do something different and challenging,” he said.

Well, it is the on screen portrayal of characters that lured Terence towards acting, he likes living someone else’s life on screen. “I want to become actor not because I want money and become more famous. No I don’t want that. It is not that l want stardom, I want to contribute to good cinema,” he said.

“I feel when I look at the characters played on screen by actors, I wonder how it would be to think or live that person’s life. By being an actor, one can explore various personalities of a human being, be that person, behave and live that person’s life and then you are back to your normal life,” he added.

As an actor, Terence wants to be part of films that are different and not the typical Bollywood masala ones. “I would like to be part of unparallelled, unconventional but yet fun cinema. Cinema that can be uplifting and not depressing, I will not do any kind of art film that is depressing, which makes you feel horrible. I want to be part of movies that have important and interesting subjects but are not depressing and are rather satirical and funny,” he said.

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