Dancer and actor Isha Sharvani’s participation as a contestant in the fifth season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa has come as a surprise to many. Buzz was that other participants felt it was unfair to have a trained dancer compete with non-dancers on the dance reality show.
But Sharvani, who was last seen performing some awe-inspiring aerial acts in Luck By Chance (2009) and Kisna (2005), seems unfazed by the controversy. “Television is all about establishing an emotional connect with audience. Many other participants like cricketers and TV actors have a stronger fan following than me,” she says.
Though trained in Kathak, Chhau and Kalaripayattu (martial art from Kerala) since the age of 12, Sharvani says that Western dance forms like Jazz, Salsa and Ballroom dancing are entirely new to her. “Learning two new acts every week is no small task for anybody,” she says, adding, “I decided to be part of Jhalak as it will give me an opportunity to reach out to millions of people whom I could never have reached through my dance company or films,” she says.
Sharvani, who runs a performing arts academy with her mother in Trivandrum, says dance has played an important part in shaping her personality. “I have been dancing since I was 12. Dancing helps me de-stress. It has kept the child in me alive,” says Sharvani.
Isha Sharvani with choreographer Salman.
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