Popular movie and TV artistes peform on stage one after another. Stand-up comic acts are used to offset the dancing and singing. One wonders why this show was instituted in the first place, given that it appears like a string of performances from different award shows.
According to Mithun Chakraborty, the judge of Zee TV’s, Dance India Dance, and the chairperson of the Cine and TV Artistes Association (CINTAA) Trust, this show was started to collect funds for film and TV artistes who are out of work and have no money to survive.
“Aamir Khan, who will be performing this week, was instrumental in getting the industry together for the show. He never performs on stage, but he agreed to do so on this show because he understands that funds are required to set up infrastructure to help the needy artistes,” says Chakraborty, who also tells us that CINTAA plans on setting up a tower for the association at a prime location in the city.
Their aim is to have a dedicated space for the artistes to work from, a walk-stop, a garden and a preview theatre. The trust will also support senior actors who are living a destitute life, monetarily.
Money mattersStar Plus volunteered to air the show and Sohail Khan stepped in to produce it, and help the association collect Rs 5 crore for the activity, informs Chakraborty.
“In 1993, I got several top artistes and did shows abroad to collect over Rs 1.75 crore to set up this trust. I was its first president. Actors like Aamir Khan agreed to join the cause because they understand it very well. I am thankful to them for this,” adds the three-time National Award-winner.
When asked if Chakraborty would also perform a dance or two on his disco-dance numbers. He chuckles and says that his schedule is too tight to
permit him to do that.
“I’m busy with films and TV shows. There is lot of work to do even otherwise. So, I just did an act on the opening day of the show. I can’t perform again,” he says.
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Chakraborty, unlike other judges comes across as subdued and sweet-tongued spectator. When asked why he has been keeping a low profile on the show, he says he hasn’t changed one bit from season one and that’s how he prefers to keep it. “I’m a Bengali and I’m gifted with a sweet tongue,” he smiles, adding, “These children who participate in the show come from very modest families. Speaking rudely and passing stark comments will only bring their morale crashing down. It’s unfair. Passing negative remarks is easy, but keeping the remarks simple and polite is difficult. I will never pass a negative or rude remark, even if I hate the performance.”