Contemporary dance guru, Shiamak Davar takes charge as the judge on Dance Ke Superstars tonight. His co-judges will be shuffled periodically between Remo D’Souza, Geeta Kapoor, Rajeev Surti and his student-assistant Marzi Pestonji, whose team, Amit and Falon, recently won Dance India Dance Doubles on Zee TV. Davar takes over from Mithun hakraborthy, who has been a constant judge on all the versions of the show so far.
“I met him (Mithun) when I appeared on an episode of DID Doubles. He’s one of the nicest and most polite gentlemen I have met. He has that quality to impress anyone he meets. I won’t call myself his replacement, but in a way, I’m taking the show forward,” beams Davar, adding, “Mithunda discovered these kids on the show, they have trained under his guidance. I’m just a teacher who is going to judge them on their skills, impartially.”
This time, Davar’s student, Pestonji too will share the seat with him on the judges’ panel. Did he expect his student to win the dance contest? “Marzi is a bright chap. More than judging the show with me, he’s happier about assisting me full-time. And Amit and Falon, who will be conducting dance classes at my institute this summer, were also phenomenal on the show. They went from strength to strength,” says the choreographer, admitting that before Pestonji, he was expected to mentor the duo. “The show was offered to me but I pushed Marzi’s name in because I knew he would do a dignified job of it. He wasn’t ready initially, but he didn’t let me down.”
Recently, the dance choreographer was missing from an event to announce his current show in the city. Davar was apparently out of the country on work. Currently, he is in talks for choreographing acts and opening a concert for singer Akon’s India tour this week. It’s also learnt that the ace-dancer will soon be collaborating on a project with American singer-songwriter Jennifer Paige. “It’s a bit early to comment on the details. But I was in Melbourne on work,” says Davar. “I have a school there. I visit all my international schools at least once every year.”