Published: 24th April 2019
Bhubaneswar-based dance group United Souls are back with their latest video shot on OnePlus
Jugal Kumar says that, "United Souls is a universal and inclusive group, it is not restricted to a few people alone." And true to this spirit, he is reaching out to other enthusiastic dancers
United Souls have united again, only this time with a fresh batch of students. United Souls is a group of dancers, a group formed a while back by Jugal Kumar Sahu, Saurav Panigrahi and Rohaan Sahu. "But this is not a group in the typical sense of the word, we are free to collaborate with anyone, anytime," informs Jugal. Formed back when the trio was in ITER, the news today is that Jugal put out a new video with current students of ITER and this sequence is truly a sight to behold. Choreographed by Jugal in urban style, a group of seven, perform on a different version of the song Zara Zara from Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein. Perfect synchronisation and steps as smooth as butter are what strikes any viewer the very first time they watch the video. The 23-year-old tells us that they practised for two weeks, from 4 pm to 8 pm, to perfect the set. "I tried to choreographed it in freestyle, though you can see a lot of isolation and urban dance as well. I have just gone along with what the song demands," he explains.
The Soro-born youngster is extremely passionate about dancing. "I see dance everywhere and I connect with it deeply. It is a medium through which I express further," says Jugal. He attends dance workshops, takes classes for kids during school functions and such and wishes to make dance a full-time career, "Not that it can't be done, but it will take a while," he admits.
The kind of styles that Jugal performs
Urban dance: This is a style which borrows from several other genres, but ultimately, it depends on the choreographer's interpretation
Iso dance: This style basically features a lot of isolation and slow and smooth movements
This video was shot on a One Plus and we were mighty impressed with the director Anurag Aditya and just had to reach out to him. Turns out that the 18-year-old Anurag already has a huge body of work behind him including shooting election campaigns for the Bharatiya Janata Party, TV commercials and more. The Rourkela-born just completed his class XII from DAV and plans to go to film school in Noida. "I wanted to shot a dance video and do something different hence, I opted to shoot this video," says Anurag, who even edits videos himself. Shot near Dhauli Stupa in Bhubaneswar, this video is less than three minutes long, but it certainly stays with you. How did he happen to learn these skills, we ask the youngster and he says, "I've been freelancing as a cinematographer for a while now and have worked with many bloggers and influencers which helped me learn and spread the word about my skills too," he explains.
Difference between shooting on a DSLR vs a One Plus, as per Anurag
- Firstly and obviously, One Plus is light-weight while camera equipment, including DSLR, can be quite heavy
- With One Plus, you have full manual control and there is no chance of your hand shaking if you use a gimbal (a device which helps stabilise a device while shooting)
- One Plus clarity is as good as a Rs 3 lakh DSLR