Manish is captivated by the athleticism of dance but doesn’t tell his hardworking parents that he has dropped out of business school and used the tuition to pay for his classes.
Call Me Dancer is a story of hope, heartache, and hard work. Together, Manish and Yehuda transform each other’s lives, searching to uncover who and what they are. Yehuda seeks a purpose and a place to call home. Manish dreams of dancing on the world-stage but struggles to break free from the confines of his own economic and social circumstances.
“Dancing is a hobby for rich kids,” his father tells him.
The extended family criticizes his parents, shaming them because Manish isn’t employed.
International pop icon, singer and songwriter Jay Sean executive produced Call Me Dancer because the story resonated with his own; as a British-Indian, Sean’s parents wanted him to pursue medicine rather than his dream of becoming a singer.
Director’s Statement of Intent
“Dance films are typically created by looking into our world from the outside. They convey the difficulty of the profession, but what is often lost is the passion and inner joy that pushes dancers past the pain. I knew, as a dancer, I could offer an insider’s sensitivity and perspective. I gathered a talented international team made up of Indian film professionals with insights into the culture and socio-economic reality of Mumbai. This is a story that I hope inspires people across the globe.”
— Leslie Shampaine
Director, Call Me Dancer, and former professional dancer from New York City