HT Image
HT Image

Come dance with me: Shahid Kapoor

Shahid Kapoor traces his journey to stardom through his most memorable naach gana moments. "I was a really shy boy and always tried to blend with the group. Yet, I must have caught Shiamak’s eye when he was visiting," says Kapoor.
By Roshmila Bhattacharya | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2010 09:26 PM IST
Shahid Kapoor traces his journey to stardom through his most memorable naach gana moments.



Prized memories of Shiamak Davar

My mother Neelima Azeem is a well-known Kathak dancer. I would sit in the wings or watch from the sidelines when she performed. Though I never thought of taking classical training myself, the exposure to dance and Bollywood movies sparked off an early interest. And at 15, as soon as I was out of school, I joined Shiamak Davar’s Dance Institute.



I was a really shy boy and always tried to blend with the group. Yet, I must have caught Shiamak’s eye when he was visiting because I was upgraded to an advanced batch. And for the end-of-the-term award ceremony made to dance to two songs, Madonna’s ‘Vogue…’ and a track from the just released James Bond film, Golden Eye.



After the show, the best dancers from every batch were felicitated. Almost every kid got a prize, except me. I remember standing there thinking to myself, "Yaar, I wasn’t that bad!" Then, suddenly, they were announcing my name for a special award - best of 1,500 dancers. And everyone was looking at me with eyes wide open. Some even wanted my autograph. Wow, I felt like a star!



Later, I joined the institute as an instructor. Shiamak was extremely patient but also hard on disciple. It’s from him that I not only learnt my dancing skills but also the first rules of professionalism. I was pretty strict myself. I also tried to balance out the good dancers with the not-so-good ones and ensure that everyone was treated equally.

Making medley with Ishq Vishk

I remember the medley from Ishq Vishk though I don’t remember the songs. Dancing was easy, emoting was the difficult part.
I remember a funny incident involving my brother Ishaan. He came to the set on the first day of shooting and bumped into Ken’s (director Ken Ghosh) son who told him he was the director’s son and wanted to know who Ishaan was.

“I’m the hero’s brother,” my brother replied proudly. And a friendship blossomed. Recently, when we were shooting for Chance Pe Dance, they wanted me to show them some moves that Marty (choreographer Marty Kudelka) had taught me. I was in the middle of a shoot but I had to stop and oblige.

The challenge of ‘Dhan te nan…’

I would say this is perhaps the most challenging song I have done. We knew that since Charlie was a man from the streets, the moves couldn’t look too choreographed and yet we couldn’t let the value of the dance or song dip. Ahmed (choreographer Ahmed Khan), Vishal (director Vishal Bhardwaj) and the rest of us sat together to figure out how a guy like him would dance in a club. And we came up with ‘Dhan te nan…’

My mom is biased, she likes everything I do but dad (Pankaj Kapoor) is not easy with his compliments. But even he like this Kaminey song because I was true to my character in it.

Mauja re mauja…’ with Pritam

We were at Khandala railway station, Imtiaz (director Imtiaz Ali) was shooting with Kareena. I was in my van waiting to be called. Suddenly, music director Pritam walked in strumming his guitar and singing Mauja re majua. He had just two words but it sounded good. We shot the song at Yashraj Studio in a day-and-a-half.

Moonwalking with MJ

Michael Jackson was coming to Mumbai and I had to be there. The Rs 500 tickets were too cheap, the Rs 5, 000 ones were out of my reach. I settled for a Rs 3000 one. For a whole year I saved up but could manage to come up with only Rs 1,900. My mom surprised me by chipping in with the balance.



I went for my first concert alone. I was really excited but couldn’t imagine screaming like all those other MJ fans. “

Pagal hain sab

,” I thought to myself as I watched them. Then the man himself was up there and suddenly I was also shouting, “I love you Michael!” That’s the power of a mega star!



After the concert, I came out of Andheri Sports Complex and walked all the way to my Versova home in a daze!

Thriller

was the first song I remember dancing to. I’ve been trying to perfect the moonwalk since I was a kid. In the privacy of my bedroom, I must have practised it a 100 times. And then I forgot it till we started working on

Chance Pe Dance

and one of the song needed the step.


My brother Ishaan who’s a dance freak and has been learning from me and also correcting me, came to the sets when we were shooting to check that I got the moves right. He even sprinkled talcum powder on the floor to smoothen things for me. On January 15, you will see me officially doing the moonwalk on screen. Whoa!




In

Taal

with Aishwarya

I had just started with Shiamak when I was called for ‘Kahin aag lage lag jaye…’ . I was one of the dancers who
circle around Aishwarya (Rai) in the Taal song, wrapping a white dupatta around her.

I must have been about 15 at the time and nervous in the presence of veterans with six-seven years of experience. There was a lot of discussion going on and all of us were wondering who would be the lucky guy to put the dupatta on Aishwarya’s head. I was sitting quietly when suddenly Shiamak shouted out, “Shahid get up and do this step.” I still remember the murderous looks I got from the rest.

Imagine a rank newcomer landing such a golden opportunity! I had no clue it was such a big deal. I was only worried about not messing up the shot. If you catch the song, you’ll see me white-faced. Those were the days when I thought I was this cool dude with a great body. I was disappointed on seeing the scared, skinny boy on screen and blamed the cameraman for taking such a bad shot.

I also did Dil To Pagal Hai with Shiamak’s dancers. Like with Aishwarya, I never worked up the courage to exchange words with Karisma Kapoor. I had just two-three days work since by the time I arrived, they had almost wrapped up the song. I was in the fourth row. Not surprising since the first two of rows were for the confident, chilled out dudes. Shamiak still has to choreogrpah a song for me.

Dancing with Marty

Having Marty Kudelka who has worked with international pop artistes like Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson choreograph for me in Chance Pe Dance was a high. Since by now everyone knows that I can dance, the idea was to surprise them with something new. It was difficult to unlearn all that I’d been doing and adapt to Marty’s moves. He came down just a week before we started shooting and I had just seven days to pull it off. But Marty seemed happy when he left.

5 Dancing Heroes

Michael Jackson: He’s evergreen and original. You can’t bracket him. His music and dance was his own. The first step Ahmed Khan’s three-year-old son picked up was from MJ’s video. His appeal transcends all boundaries of colour, country or even age. His untimely death is a huge loss. It took a day for it to sink that he was gone and another couple of days to get over the fact that he was really gone.
Gene Kelly: Energetic, athletic and likeable, he was dancer, actor, director, producer and choreographer rolled in one, par excellence.
Justin Timberlake: He’s another original. You never see him overdo things. He is able to mix his music and dance in a way that’s cool.
Jabba Wockeez: It is a dance group that wear singnature white masks. They appeared briefly on Step
Up 2.
Hrithik Roshan: I love him in all his songs, particularly ‘Main aasa kyun hun…’ from Lakshya, choreographed by Prabhu Devaa.

5 Songs to watch

‘Aapke seedhi lagi dil pe…’ (Half Ticket):
Kishore Kumar sang both the male and female versions. The song is a riot!

‘Oo jaane jaana…’ (Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya): I’ve singled out this particular song of Salman (Khan) because for the first time perhaps you saw an actor bare bodied, looking like a Greek God.

‘Ek pal ka jeena…’ (Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai): One of my favourite Hrithik Roshan songs.

Aati kya Khandala…’ (Ghulam): I love this Aamir Khan song for its orginality.

‘Chaiya chaiya…’ (Dil Se): Shah Rukh (Khan) must have had so much fun dancing on top of a train.

5 Musicals to watch

Singin’ In The Rain (1952): I’m a huge fan of Gene Kelly and I’m told he shot the title track when he was running a temperature of 103 degrees. The director wanted to pack up for the day but Kelly insisted on staying on, wrapped the song up in one take, then went home to recuperate. Unbelievable!

Westside Story (1961): This Hollywood classic along the lines of Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet, is adapted from a Broadway play, and was the first film to win a Best Director Oscar for its two directors, Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. Elvis Presley was Wise’s original choice to play Tony.

Grease (1978): I’ve been wanting to do a campus film for a while now like this John Travolta-Olivia Newton- American musical with No 1 hits like Frankie Valli’s title track, ‘You’re the one that I want…’ and ‘Hopelessly devoted to you…’.

Chicago: One of the best musicals of the decade, Chicago was the first musical since Oliver! in ’68 to win an Oscar for Best Picture.

Step Up 2—The Streets (2008): To prepare for the role of Chase Collins, Robert Hoffman actually participated in competitive break dance circles.

5 Actresses I'd love to partner

Marilyn Monroe: How I wish we could have had just one dance together.

Madonaa: In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked Madonna at number two, behind only The Beatles, on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, making her as the most successful solo artist in the history of Billboards. The golden girl is a golden dream.

Jennifer Lopez: Shall We Dance?, I’d borrow the title from her 2004 movie if I met JoLo.

Madhuri Dixit: What wouldn’t I give to do an ‘Ek do teen…’ with her.

Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif: It would be great matching steps with them.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Minissha Lamba announced her separation from Ryan Tham last year.
Minissha Lamba announced her separation from Ryan Tham last year.

Minissha Lamba opens up about her separation: 'If it's not working, part ways'

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:17 PM IST
  • Actor Minissha Lamba has said that there is no longer any stigma attached to separation, and if a relationship isn't working, it is advisable to part ways amicably.
Close
Gauahar Khan and Zaid Darbar during their honeymoon in Udaipur.
Gauahar Khan and Zaid Darbar during their honeymoon in Udaipur.

Gauahar Khan, Zaid Darbar enjoy honeymoon in Udaipur, share pics

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:16 PM IST
Gauahar Khan and Zaid Darbar have shared pictures and videos from their honeymoon in Udaipur. They shared glimpses of their visit to the Mehrangarh Fort, breakfast at the hotel and auto ride.
Close
Shah Rukh Khan with Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta.
Shah Rukh Khan with Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta.

Shah Rukh Khan jokingly objects to KKR’s birthday wish for Juhi Chawla’s husband

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:09 PM IST
  • Shah Rukh Khan jokingly took offence as the official Twitter handle of Kolkata Knight Riders declared Juhi Chawla’s husband Jay Mehta as the 'most affable gentleman'.
Close
Sunil Grover, Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia in Tandav.
Sunil Grover, Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia in Tandav.

'Tandav is a work of fiction, it's a piece of entertainment first': Sunil Grover

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 03:23 PM IST
  • Sunil Grover has insisted that Tandav is a work of fiction, and that it was shot before many of the incidents it shows transpired in real life.
Close
Sonam Kapoor on the sets of Blind.
Sonam Kapoor on the sets of Blind.

Sonam Kapoor is having a blast on set, dad Anil Kapoor feels he's missing out

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 02:31 PM IST
  • Actor Sonam Kapoor has shared a new image from the Glasgow sets of her upcoming film, Blind. Her dad, Anil Kapoor, left a comment on her post.
Close
Ajith on a road trip.
Ajith on a road trip.

Ajith goes on a road trip to Sikkim on bike, pics go viral

By Haricharan Pudipeddi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 02:30 PM IST
As per reports, Ajith made a pit stop at Varanasi where he was identified by a fan who went on to click a selfie which has gone viral on social media.
Close
The team of Indru Netru Naalai 2 during a puja.
The team of Indru Netru Naalai 2 during a puja.

Tamil sci-fi film Indru Netru Naalai 2 launched with a puja ceremony, see pics

By Haricharan Pudipeddi
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 02:21 PM IST
The sequel of Indru Netru Naalai 2 will mark the reunion of the lead actors Vishnu Vishal and Karunakaran from the first part and it will be directed by Karthik Ponraj SP.
Close
Mona Singh said she was disappointed by Shyam Gopalan's marriage proposal.
Mona Singh said she was disappointed by Shyam Gopalan's marriage proposal.

Mona Singh reminisces about husband Shyam Gopalan’s ‘super bad’ wedding proposal

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 02:10 PM IST
Mona Singh said that Shyam Gopalan's proposal was 'super bad'. He nervously blurted out, 'Will you marry me?', and slipped the ring on her finger even before she could answer.
Close
Justin Timberlake is reportedly trying to mend his relationship Jessica Biel.
Justin Timberlake is reportedly trying to mend his relationship Jessica Biel.

Justin Timberlake announces birth of second son with Jessica Biel, reveals name

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 01:38 PM IST
  • Celebrity couple Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have welcomed their second child, a year after he publicly apologised for inappropriate behaviour amid cheating rumours.
Close
Priyanka Chopra was in splits as Rajkummar Rao went on to interview her over dinner.
Priyanka Chopra was in splits as Rajkummar Rao went on to interview her over dinner.

Priyanka Chopra confesses her love for Albela Aam, Chulbuli Imli and Pan Pasand

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 01:37 PM IST
Rajkummar Rao has shared a glimpse of how he interviewed his The White Tiger co-star Priyanka Chopra over dinner.
Close
Neha Kakkar and Rohanpreet Singh got married in October last year after a whirlwind romance.
Neha Kakkar and Rohanpreet Singh got married in October last year after a whirlwind romance.

Neha Kakkar warns Rohanpreet Singh’s ex-girlfriend not to call him. Watch video

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 12:52 PM IST
Neha Kakkar, via an Instagram post, jokingly warned her husband Rohanpreet Singh's ex-girlfriend to stay away from him and not call him.
Close
Kangana Ranaut has shared a new poster of her film, Dhaakad.
Kangana Ranaut has shared a new poster of her film, Dhaakad.

Kangana Ranaut goes on a rampage in new Dhaakad poster, reveals release date

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 12:41 PM IST
Kangana Ranaut has shared a new poster of her film, Dhaakad. It also stars Arjun Rampal and Divya Dutta and would release on October 1 this year.
Close
Sana Khan married Anas Saiyad in November last year.
Sana Khan married Anas Saiyad in November last year.

Sana Khan thanks husband Anas Saiyad for always pushing her 'towards good'

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 12:24 PM IST
In her latest Instagram post, Sana Khan appreciated her husband Anas Saiyad for always encouraging her to stay on the path of good.
Close
Natasa Stankovic has shared photos featuring father-in-law Himanshu who passed away on Saturday.
Natasa Stankovic has shared photos featuring father-in-law Himanshu who passed away on Saturday.

Hardik Pandya’s father dies, Natasa Stankovic pays tribute: ‘Love you papa’

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 12:20 PM IST
  • Natasa Stankovic has paid a heartfelt tribute to Hardik Pandya’s father who died on Saturday after suffering a heart attack.
Close
Prabhas on the sets of Radhe Shyam.
Prabhas on the sets of Radhe Shyam.

Prabhas gifts watches to the unit of Radhe Shyam on Makar Sankranti

By Haricharan Pudipeddi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 11:15 AM IST
Prabhas gifted watches to the unit members of his upcoming film Radhe Shyam on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP