By Admin on Thursday May 06, 2010
In the last season of Dance India Dance, he was the toast of the season. Dharmesh Sir (as he has come to be known) became popular for his versatility and talent in almost every dancing style. While he had been receiving a record number of votes through out the show and was pitted as the favourite to win, he lost out to fellow participant Shakti Mohan in the final round.
Dharmesh confesses that he was disappointed when he ended up as runner-up. But he admits that he didn’t feel low at any point.
“I am overwhelmed by the love, respect and opportunities I have got. The loss was not so important,” he says.
And despite the loss, Dharmesh is currently one of the most popular names to come out of a talent show. He believes one needs to have an X-factor to connect with the audiences. “Apart from dancing, it’s the style in which you do it. You need to have that X-factor as a dancer and performer if you want to be popular. But I don’t know what it was about me that the audiences liked,” he says.
In any case, he is excited that he got the opportunity to mentor kids in the latest season of the show. “I didn’t get that taqdeer ki topi. But this is my sunehri taqdeer ki topi,” says Dharmesh, who is known to be good with kids as he used to coach children in Baroda for many years, before he came on the show. “Kids pick up steps very fast. If we put in 100 percent, they put in 200 percent. I’m excited about working with some really talented kids,” says Dharmesh, adding, “I will now be mentoring along with other dancers — it’s what Terrence Lewis, Geeta Kapoor and Remo D’Souza used to do it for us. So it’s a huge move, for me to go from being a contestant on the show to being a mentor for these talented kids,” he says.
Dharmesh who comes from a very modest background never had to give up dancing because of the great support he got from this father. “We did have financial issues, but my father told me that he will see to it that I don’t have to quit dancing. He has always encouraged me to follow my passion,” says the dancer.
Dharmesh is looking at bigger things now. After the show, he has moved to Mumbai and decided to pursue Bollywood. “It is my dream,” he says.
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