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Dancing all the way

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Vineet Bangera talks about his experience being a celebrity contestant on ‘Nach Baliye 7’ and teaching dance to other actresses from the industry like ...

Vineet Bangera talks about his experience being a celebrity contestant on ‘Nach Baliye 7’ and teaching dance to other actresses from the industry like Sonali Bendre and Kangana Ranaut

How was it to be a celebrity contestant on ‘Nach Baliye 7’ alongside your wife Smiley Suri?

The opportunity was quite exciting however it didn't pan out the way I would have hoped or imagined. Unfortunately, the criterion to be on the show does not just revolve around talent or good performances. Not knowing this, we were the first couple to be eliminated but it gave us an insight about how the dance fraternity needs to involve when it comes to television and media.

Describe some experiences of working with the likes of Sonali Bendre, Manisha Koirala, Kangana Ranaut.

When it came to Sonali and Goldie, I actually didn't know I was going to be teaching them. One of their friends called me saying a bunch of people wanted to take private lessons. When I entered for the first class, that’s when I realised that Sonali and Goldie were part of the group. It was fun teaching them. With Kangana, I was called to train her while she was preparing for the movie ‘Kites’ with Hrithik. Initially the theme was to do an entire salsa related film, for which I had to train Kangana.

How do you manage being a part of several activities simultaneously? Drama, direction, photography, script writing, etc.

It is hard, and I try not being jack of all, master of none. I was taught well as I was younger on how to optimise time. When you don't have opportunities, you create them. When you don't have a door, you build it. So when I didn't have people to do all that I wanted, I went ahead and spent time learning the skill myself.

When did you get interested in Latin dance forms?

Quite cliché actually, I saw the movie ‘Dirty Dancing’ and was very intrigued as to how a man could lead a lady without any verbal or visual communication, in a flawless and smooth manner.

You want to make dance training easily accessible to the masses!

A lot of people aren't aware of the overall benefits of dance. It’s the day and age of convenience today and there are a lot of places where you can get wrongly educated as well. We are finding out interesting ways of reaching out to people. We intend to take dancing inside peoples’ homes.

By:Askari Jaffer

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