“I would love to teach dance to Helen”, says Shiamak Davar
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“I would love to teach dance to Helen”, says Shiamak Davar

The ace choreographer loves the fact that Bollywood is a reflection of the emotions we experience

brunch Updated: Oct 09, 2017 16:38 IST
Veenu Singh
Veenu Singh
Hindustan Times
Shiamak Davar,Choreographer,Dil Toh Pagal Hai
Shiamak’s biggest inspiration for dance has been Gene Kelly. Shiamak wears a T-shirt from Zara, jeans from Diesel and hat from New Era
  • Date of birth: October 19
  • Sun sign:Libra
  • Place of birth: Mumbai
  • Home town: Mumbai
  • SchoolL/college:Cathedral and John Connon School/ Sydenham College, Mumbai
  • First break: In Bollywood, Dil Toh Pagal Hai (1997)
  • Low point of your life:The initial struggle and rejection
  • High point of your life: Seeing my mother feel proud about everything I do and getting the National Award for the first film I choreographed

If not a dancer or choreographer, you would have been...?

A singer or an actor.

Your favourite dance style is...?

All dance styles inspire me from our Indian classical and folk to western jazz. I’m most passionate about my personal style, which is a blend of Indo-contemporary and modern.

Your biggest inspiration for dance...?

Gene Kelly. There is no one like him.

The best thing about choreographing for Bollywood is...?

It’s a reflection of the emotions we experience, beautifully interpreted through storytelling and dance.

If you had to teach dance to an actor of yesteryears, who would you pick and why?

Helen! The finest performer that Bollywood has ever seen. Such finesse, grace and so much style.

A piece of advice for someone who wants to be a good dancer...?

Learn and spend time training before you decide to become a professional. Be original and create your own space. There is no substitute for hard work, always give your best.

The best way to connect with your fans is...?

By meeting them personally. At my student shows, at master classes, at award shows. That is when you actually see the impact and progress that dance has made.

Your dream destination...?


If you could cheat on your diet, what would you binge on?

Vada pav!

The biggest risk you have taken...?

Doing what I did. Taking up dance as a profession at a time when it was completely unheard of.

Your strategy in a crisis is...?


My Favourites
  • Food: Eggs
  • Cuisine: Goan and Chinese
  • Movie: The Sound of Music (1965)
  • City: Vancouver
  • Song: Evergreen by Barbra Streisand

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First Published: Oct 07, 2017 21:19 IST