Will these people dance with Hrithik on TV?Rajul Hegde in Mumbai
Like many of his contemporaries, Hrithik Roshan will soon descend on television with Just Dance, a dance-based reality show that's slated to go on air this summer on Star Plus. Touted as a global platform for dance enthusiasts, the show is currently scouring the Indian metros for talent.
The Mumbai auditions took place recently at Thakkur College in Kandivali, a western suburb in the city. Rajul Hegde spoke to some of the aspirants, who were present at the venue to try their luck.
Amrita Desphande 25, Hyderabad
I am a mechanical engineer and have quit my job to come to Mumbai. My first passion is to dance, followed by other things, like becoming an actress, a model and being pampered.
I am a trained Kathak dancer and have being dancing since the age of three. I am also learning salsa. I had auditioned for Dance India Dance Season 2 but didn't reach the final round. My mom and brother are very excited about the auditions.
Sridevi is my dancing idol ever since I was a kid.
Image: Amrita Deshpande
Chand Mohammed, 17, Kolkata
I just completed my 12 standard and have come to Mumbai to work. I come here every year during my vacations to find work. I work to support my family and support my studies.
I came to Mumbai four-five days ago and learnt about the show through advertisements which was put up in the Juhu hotel where I was working. It was the last day for the registration so I quickly finished my work and went for the registration. Luckily, I got selected for the auditions.
I have always recorded Dance India Dance performances on my mobile and practiced whenever I am free. Dharmesh (Dance India Dance Season 2 contestant) is my idol. Hrithik Roshan too (smiles). I have learnt dance by watching TV and films.
I want to become a choreographer.
Image: Chand Mohammed
Tejas, 16, Mumbai
I am studying in the 11th standard at Matru Chaya College, Dahisar. I am not a trained dancer but have learnt dance by watching TV, films and the people around me.
I have been dancing for 10 years now. I do a little bit of contemporary dance but locking and popping is my forte. I have a dance group called Body hoppers, we do stage shows during the festivals. I want to dance like Hrithik and Remo Sir.
Veer, 28, Mumbai
I have been dancing for the last six years. I am doing my graduation in Commerce from St Rock's College, Borivali.
My friend has a dance group and he taught me to dance for a year. We give stage shows all over India. Rajeev Surti (choreographer and judge of Dance India Dance Doubles) is my idol because all my friends and Siddesh Pai (contestant of Dance India Dance) have learnt dance from him. He was the first one to open dance classes in Nalasopara, a western suburb, where I live. I want to become a choreographer
I am a Nepali but was born and raised in Mumbai. My father is a rickshaw driver. I live with my mom, brother and sister.
Kunal Madhukar Chowdhuri, 23, Mumbai
I have been learning dance since the last six years. My first show on television was Boogie Woogie in 2006. We lost in the finals. I left the group and have started a dance academy with my cousin in Panvel. I have 85 students.
I am studying for my Bachelors in Commerce degree and also teaching dance in my college.
Remo D'souza has been my idol from the time I watched his Lal Paharer Kotha, a Bengali film based on Chhau, a tribal dance.
My father runs a small canteen and I live in a joint family with my parents, brother, mama (mother's brother) and mami.
My dream is to become an actor.
Image: Kunal Madhukar Chowdhuri