Many still remember Sushant Singh Rajput for his popular former television show, Pavitra Rishta. But people may not know that the actor was a student at celebrated Bollywood choreographer Shiamak Davar’s dance academy.
From being a background dancer, Sushant has now found his roots in Bollywood with films such as Kai Po Che (2013) and his recent hit M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story. The actor has shared the fate with the likes of Varun Dhawan and Shahid Kapoor, who too were mentored by Shiamak.
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Speaking of Sushant, the choreographer says, “I am so proud of where he has reached. He is a natural actor and that’s what I like about him. I knew somewhere that this boy had something. And he is a good dancer, which is so important in the industry nowadays.”
Shiamak goes on to talk about how he encouraged Sushant to pursue acting. “When Sushant wanted to take up engineering, I suggested that he take up acting. I told him he is fun and has a good understanding of the craft. I felt there was something special about him back then. He told me that education was important to him. I told him to try and not worry about failure. He listened to me and then he got a television role in Pavitra Rishta.”
The choreographer adds that more than anything, he is proud of the fact that Sushant hasn’t forgotten the faith he (Shiamak) has in him. “He has always, in every way, spoken about me as a teacher. It shows the kind of person he is,” he says.