Mithun Chakraborty’s Dance India Dance (DID) has set a new Guinness World Record with the largest Bollywood dance ever performed. On March 1, 4,428 people, along with the masters of Zee TV’s talent hunt, Terrence Lewis and Remo D’Souza and 13 contestants of Season 3, gathered at Mumbai’s KJ Somaiya college grounds. Their aim was to break the previous record set by Terrence in 2011, where 1,336 people participated.
Says the elated Grandmaster Mithun Chakraborty, “DID broke the Guinness record and Dance Bangla Dance, with 126 uninterrupted episodes, has entered the Limca Book of Records. TV is no longer the small screen, it is far more challenging than movies because here every day is judgment day.”
The star points out that he’s always encouraged new talent, be it in the industry or outside. “It’s great to see youngsters copying my steps, particularly the Disco Dancer signature moves. You’ll see me perform the steps in Housefull 2, it’ll bring the house down,” he promises.
Meanwhile, another TV show, Dadagiri, in which he replaced cricketer Sourav Ganguly, is racing towards the century mark. “We were supposed to wrap up in January, but got an extension till March and now it will continue till May. I didn’t want to do it because Sourav was so good, but Zee, with whom I had done other shows, insisted. And now Dadagiri has redefined the concept of quiz shows, and proved that such shows can be intelligent yet entertaining.”
The 64-year-old actor is on a high, the only disappointment for his fans being he’s not got the Padma Shri despite three National Awards, numerous box-office hits and TV records. “Maybe I don’t have the qualities that are worthy of the national honour,” he says. “Also, you need political recommendations.”
The world record-breaking episode will be aired on Zee’s DID on March 20 at 8.30 pm.