Mithun: 'We are just trying our best'

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By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, May 24 -- Actor Mithun Chakraborthy is back on Dance India Dance as the grand-master. But this time, the contest is for kids and is called Dance India Dance Li'l Masters Season Two. Dada, as he is addressed on the show, made his first appearance on the Zee TV reality show over the weekend.

However, the show started in the last week of April. And like its first season, its opening ratings outdid the numbers garnered by reality shows featuring top stars from Bollywood. Season one opened with a little over six points and season two has flagged off with 5.8 points, which is higher than even Amitabh Bachchan's Kaun Banega Crorepati Season Five and Aamir Khan's Satyamev Jayate's opening numbers (5.3 and 3 respectively).

Mithun attributes the high viewership to the kiddie participants. "Our nation loves children and seeing them sing and dance is more adorable vis-a-vis adults," he says.

Talking about the vision of the show, he says, "I can promise you that our show will bring better talent with every season because we don't compete with superstars from Bollywood. We focus on our work which is well reflected." Jeetumoni Kalita, a knee-high kid from Assam, won the first season of DID Li'l Masters a couple of years ago. Now he's back in Assam, in school. "This June, I'll be in class six," beams the 10-year-old. "But I haven't quit dance education for academics. I plan to pursue high level formal dance education a few years down the line."

When prodded further to comment on the competition over TRPS, the actor asserts, "I'm sure the content on other shows is excellent, but I don't get the time to watch TV so often. We're not putting in any extraordinary effort. We're just doing our best." Jeetumoni Kalita, who won the previous season, hasn't been seen and heard much over the last two years. Apart from goodies, the child was gifted an investment to look after his educational needs.

"I haven't been in touch with the child much but I know for sure that the channel has looked after him as promised," says Mithun, adding, "He hasn't been seen and heard much because for a child, completing his education is the main priority. Besides, he performs at stage shows occasionally. He earns well for his age and is independent, without losing out on his childhood."

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