Two Indian Americans win Bollywood-type dance competition

New York, Nov 22 (IANS) Two young Indian-American dancers from Los Angeles have won Verizon's BollyPOP contest, an online dance competition based on Bollywood songs.

The two winners - Sapna Rohra, 25, and Shivani Thakkar, 23 - will get their big break on the silver screen and appear in a dance sequence in a Bollywood movie to be produced by director Ken Ghosh, a media release said.

Competitors could upload videos of themselves dancing to free audio tracks from the BollyPOP site or to any Bollywood song. Site visitors rated the videos from one to five stars. A winner is selected from the 10 highest scoring videos.

Verizon's BollyPOP contest is aimed to help showcase the growing number of Bollywood movies and music videos it offers, a statement said.

Ken Ghosh, who has directed such movies like "Fida" and "Ishq Vishk", said: "It was difficult for us to select the winning video. All the talents in the top 10 videos were so professional and their routines were flawless."

Rohra and Thakkar will travel to India next month to appear in the dance sequence in Ghosh's film, which will be distributed worldwide in 2009 by UTV.

The film is about a middle-class youngster who loves music and his journey to become a music icon. Shahid Kapoor, a Bollywood star, will play the lead.

Marty Kudelka, who has worked with Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, will choreograph the dance sequences, the statement said.

Rohra and Thakkar are both accomplished dancers who moved to Los Angeles to pursue their careers. While Rohra was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas, and got training in New York; Thakkar grew up in Calgary, Alberta, in Canada.

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