By Hindustan Times
"I wasn’t doing enough dancing in my films. So unless my knees give way, this is a great platform for me to groove,” smiles Hrithik Roshan, who makes his telly debut in the reality show, Just Dance that will air on Star Plus every Saturday and Sunday from June 18.
The reason he zeroed in on this show, he says, is because the concept is original and innovative: “You’ve never seen a show like this in India. It gives talent a chance and that is a motivating dream. Also, the grand prize that comes at the end of most talent hunt contests is big money. Just Dance, besides a generous purse, also offers the winner a chance to cut a music video with me. This way, a person’s talent can be captured for posterity.”
Hrithik’s happy feet have mesmerised audiences, right from his debut film Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai (2000). But surprisingly, the man doesn’t consider himself a great dancer. “For me, dancing is an expression of some emotion or a celebration of romance and not just about dizzying moves. I’m always looking for a reason why someone would suddenly jump up and start dancing. Dancing without emotion has little appeal for me,” he argues, admitting that left alone in a discotheque, he’d probably just stand quietly, but if dance were an integral part of a film, he’d get into the swing of things.
And what kind of a judge is he? Reportedly, during the auditions he’d watch the videos endlessly and have long discussions with co-judges Farah Khan and Vaibhavi Merchant before eliminating a contestant. Even then, he was so distraught over the exits that he gave his phone number, email id and a promise to those disqualified that he’d help them out. The star admits it’s hard for him to be stern. ‘The acts I see on TV are so incredible. Not everyone will make it to the final rounds but I have a lot of respect for all of them who made it to the show. It’s easy for me to be nice to them,” says Hrithik.
Hrithik’s Tough Three
Ek pal ka jeena…
Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai, 2000
“Farah’s (Khan) choreography, my uncle’s (Rajesh Roshan) composition, dad’s (Rakesh Roshan) screenplay, the styling and the clothes all contribute to hold this moment together.”
Idhar chala main udhar chala…
Koi… Mil Gaya, 2003
“Had some gravity-defying moves and epitomised pure childlike innocence. It’s magic!”
Main aisa kyun hoon…
“Had some really intricate choreography but went with the character critically poised at the crossroads of life.”