Chetan Salunkhe, a self-trained boy from Pune is now a winner of one of the most-famous dance reality shows in India. Chetan made a mark with winning the show Dance Plus last week. In a candid chat, Chetan talks about his journey from his Vasti (he calls the area he lives in), Pune to finally realising his dreams in Mumbai.
# Winner of Dance Plus season 4, how are you feeling?
I am very happy and can’t really express in words. I had been auditioning for this stage for the last three years and I finally got selected for the fourth season, became a finalist and have now emerged a winner. I am happy.
# How difficult was this for you?
There was a lot of hard work and it has been a dream since the last three years. I have been following Dance Plus from the very first season. I auditioned for it thrice and didn’t get selected. Even for this season I had given audition from Pune, but I wasn’t selected. However, I had made up my mind to crack it this time for sure. So, the very next day after not being selected in the Pune auditions I came to Mumbai. I got selected here.
# How did your parents react to you winning the title?
Mom and Dad are happy with me achieving the title. But they actually don’t know much about this space and the power it holds. They didn’t have the privilege of high education, so they don’t fully understand the path I have set out on. But I have dreams for them and now I will work hard to fulfil them.
# What are the things that you will do with the price money?
There are two main things. First, I want to buy a decent house and the second is that I have two sisters and I want to get them married. My elder sister has been refusing to marry because our mother doesn’t have that much money. Now I will pay for her wedding myself. As for the house, I want to buy a house in Mumbai. Not a big one but enough for my family to stay happily. I will try to convince my parents, because Mumbai is the hub for the field I am getting into.
# How much have things changed after getting into Dance Plus?
I live in a slum currently. Nobody ever noticed me there, I wasn’t getting any response. After getting into Dance Plus, everything has changed. I am not a professional dancer; I have learnt everything in that slum itself. I never enrolled in any class; I used to practice in my Vasti. I used to practise in the night, where people sometimes didn’t even let me do that. But if you ask me frankly, I am more fascinated to practise there than in any class. Even here in Dance Plus, majority of the times I didn’t use to rehearse in the hall, I used to go out somewhere and do it. Punit Sir (Punit Pathak, one of the group leaders and judge) always used to tell me to be the same and never change and I will try to stick to that always.
# Tell me something about your journey in Dance Plus?
I was in Punit Sir’s team. I have seen him working for the last five months closely. He’s very funny, but also very serious about his work. As for the journey, I got to learn a lot. I have been dancing since the last five years, but the amount of knowledge I got in my five months of being with Dance Plus is far more than I got in the five years. Being with Remo Sir (Remo D’Souza) was indeed a privilege and I don’t have words to explain that.
# What are you career plans now?
Now I want to make a career out of dancing. I wasn’t able to finish my schooling. There was a financial crisis back then as my mother was the only earning member, so I used to go to help her so we could at least get a bit more money to make it through till the end of the month. Now I have made Dharmesh sir (Dharmesh Yelande, another team leader and judge in the panel) my inspiration as I feel my journey is a bit similar to his and he has achieved so much.
# Have any offers come your way yet?
I have been getting a lot of offers to conduct dance workshops. The workshop schedule has already begun. I will be going back to Pune soon for one week and return the next week and will also have one workshop arranged on February 19. Now I want to earn money and give it to my mummy as she has helped me a lot. I am a kid who had to struggle even for Rs 500.
# How are the people back in Pune reacting to your success?
People have been calling me and praising me. They are getting selfies clicked even with my parents there. When mom-dad, tell me about that, I feel very happy as I always wanted them to be famous because of me.
# Do you dream of opening a dance institute some day?
I want to teach dance for free to the people who are not privileged enough to pay for learning dance. I used to teach 15-20 kids from my Vasti back in Pune and I want to continue that. People used to tell me that I was wasting my time as well as that of their kids. I used to feel bad, but now I want to see their reactions when I go back to Pune.
# Which of the actors that came on the set, were you excited the most about?
The best moment for me was when people from the Dance Plus invited Ketaki Mategaonkar to surprise me as I am her huge fan. She gave me a Ganesha idol as a gift which is now very close to my heart. Also Prabhudeva sir came on the sets and I got to share the stage with him which will be the most-treasured memory of my life. I always used to see him on the TV and wondered if I could ever get a chance to see him in person. My mother is a big fan of Madhuri Dixit Nene and she got to dance with Madhuri. That was also something I can never forget.
With this new milestone, Chetan has achieved a lot with his hardwork. His future looks as bright as his smile and his approach is honest towards it. We at Cine Blitz wish this young and emerging talent best of luck!
RAW actor Shadaab Khan: I want to focus more on acting now!
Having made an impactful comeback to the big screen after 19 years with Romeo Akbar Walter, Shadaab Khan reveals he is here to stay!
Shadaab Khan was recently seen in the espionage film Romeo Akbar Walter, starring John Abraham and others. Even in a small role, he managed to make his presence felt in a suave, nuanced rendition of his screen character – Nawab Afridi – that other actors might have played loudly. Before RAW, the actor was last seen in the 2000 release Hey Ram, but we hope to see more of him in the future. In his elegant home just off Kalakar Amjad Khan Chowk in Bandra’s Pali Hill area, Suguna Sundaram caught up with the actor and his lovely wife Rumana, who was instrumental in his return to the big screen. In a candid chat, the actor talks about his big screen comeback, what kept him away for so long and juggling between writing and acting. Excerpts:
It’s been almost two decades since you disappeared from films…
Honestly, I don’t know what happened. Somewhere down the line, I just fell out of love with the business of films. I didn’t feel like I belonged here, and it was a feeling of just not wanting to be here. I wanted to explore other opportunities. It was always told to me that you should go into films because of my father (the late Amjad Khan) and grandfather (legendary late actor Jayant). I got here and thought to myself that I was probably better off someplace else. I can write. I wanted to explore that. And somewhere, while doing that, I just went further and further away from this place.
Your wife Rumana had been urging you to come back to films I believe!
Rumana played a huge part in this journey back. It was 100 per cent her doing and her belief in me. And her constantly telling me that I should not ignore something that I should be doing. She said, ‘You’re an actor, this is your family’. She was of the opinion that I should not just write, but act as well. In fact, she insisted that I was making a mistake in continually turning down work that was coming my way. Eventually, that would definitely stop. And she was absolutely right. Now I want to strike a balance between writing and acting with more attention on acting. I am thankful to her for bringing me back here, or RAW would not have happened.
So how did RAW come about then?
I am very grateful to Mukesh Chhabra’s casting agency. They always kept me in mind, for my role in Hey Ram, and kept calling me for roles. I turned down a number of roles, including one in Sriram Raghavan’s Badlapur. I wasn’t sure of or keen on coming back. Plus, I’d put on a hell of a lot of weight during the time I was out. I didn’t want to be seen on screen with the 131 kilos I was back then. If you are typecast in a film and it works, every other film you get will be in that same mould. I was very scared that if I came back with Badlapur, it would not look good for me. So I started working on myself towards losing weight. But it was very nice of Mukesh Chhabra’s agency to keep remembering me because had they not, that role in RAW might have gone to somebody else. When they called me for RAW, I knew that I was not the guy the director had in mind. The physicality of character he had in mind was something else, someone greater in size and physical stature, and more menacing.
Tell us more…
For the character of Nawab Afridi, he was looking for somebody more Nawabi, someone heavy-set, like a fat, rich man. I had lost weight by then. I was not fitting the character. Mukesh’s team said let’s audition him for the role, and when they did, it worked well. That’s how I came back, though I wasn’t planning on that even now. But the kind of films being made, opened my eyes to this, honestly.
Post RAW, what’s next on the table?
I am currently in talks for two particular web series, as an actor. Verbally, I have committed to one, and I’ve auditioned for both. The good thing about auditioning, is as an actor, it gives you practice, it sharpens you up. Auditioning is the norm now. And until you don’t make it, until I am not in that position, until the director says, ‘Hey, I want this guy, we write a role for him,’ and you don’t need to audition, until that day comes, I will keep auditioning and keep my eyes open. I’m very competitive by nature, and I don’t want to fall back.
Malaika Arora reveals her BIG secret for a flawless summer body – watch video
Malaika Arora is undoubtedly one of the hottest celebrities in Bollywood
Malika Arora, even at the age of 45, sure knows how to maintain a toned body. Her Instagram feed is like a fitness goal in itself and everyone just wants to know her secrets. Well, there is good news for all her fans. Malaika, who last walked the ramp for Kalki at the Bombay Times Fashion Week 2019, sat down with team CineBlitz for an exclusive chat. And we couldn’t help but ask her some summer hacks and tips.
The Chaiyya Chaiyya actress was all up for it. She opened her box of Pandora and revealed, “As cliché as it may sound, I think water is the most important. Stay hydrated. Whatever it may be, juices or just plain water, don’t forget to stay hydrated.” Well, this tip is really important for sure but she did tell us more. Wearing cool, comfy fabrics and hitting the shower whenever possible is how the actress keeps her summers breezy. Want to know more? Check out our video right here:
On the personal front, the buzz is that Malaika will soon be tying knot with her beau Arjun Kapoor. Although the actress shunned the rumours saying none of it is true, the marriage is supposedly taking place in Goa tomorrow (April 19). Stay tuned to CineBlitz for more such updates from the world of Bollywood.
Rhea Chakraborty claims Jalebi’s failure was due to sabotage? Read shocking deets!
Rhea Chakraborty was last seen in Mahesh Bhatt’s Jalebi, which was a washout at the box office
Bollywood stars do many films throughout their career out of which some turn out to be blockbusters while some even tank at the box office. The reasons may vary but the actors have to move on from the failure and focus on their next project. Something very similar happened with the Jalebi star Rhea Chakraborty and she exclusively told team CineBlitz what went wrong with her last outing.
“The film’s poster being tagged as a copy of some other poster was a small thing. The film did not work at the box office is what affected me more. After the release of the film, it was featured on Amazon as well and people eventually saw the film on it and we got a lot of love from that. And as for the critics and the reviews, they rammed us which I feel wasn’t required. But I guess there was some politics and some agenda to all of this. I would never believe that my work was bad. People came up to me and told me that they really enjoyed the film, so my purpose as an actor was fulfilled,” revealed Rhea.
Rhea recently featured in Jassie Gill’s music video Surma Kaala and has also signed a multi-starrer project. The official announcement, however, is yet to be made. Stay tuned to CineBlitz for more such updates from the world of Bollywood.
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