Dance Like a Man is based on a play written
by Mahesh Datani, one of Indiaís leading playwrights. It is a
powerful human drama which also provides an insight into contemporary
Indian Social scene. In an interplay of the past and the present,
the tragic and the comic bleed into each other.
Ratna and Jairaj, two Bharatnatyam (an Indian
Classical dance form) dancers, past their prime, live in an antique
filled mansion that once belonged to Jairajís authoritarian father,
Amritlal Parikh. In their youth, with no independent means of
livelihood Jairaj and Ratna were exposed to the ire of the father
who did not understand their devotion to dance. He believed, like
many who were less knowledgeable, that Bharatnatyam was a craft
of prostitutes. He felt that no self -respecting person should
perform such a dance, let alone a man.
Two decades later, the couple are forced to
confront their troubled past when their daughter Lata, preparing
for her debut as a dancer brings her fiance Vishal into their
home to meet her parents. Exposed to an alien environment from
his own, Vishal acts as a catalyst to reveal dark secrets of the
familyís relationships and its generational conflicts.