Sophie Choudry: I am not a trained dancer!

Sophie Choudry denies allegations that she’s a trained dancer and reveals why she’s going to work hard to impress one judge in particular

Sophie Choudry loves to dance, but this is probably the hardest she has worked for anything in her life, so she claims. The VJ-singer-performer in her strives to be the complete package and Sophie believes that Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa will help her achieve just that. Well we certainly hope so. Read excerpts from the interview:

Tell us the concept of your Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7 promo.

I am bored and flitting through a magazine, when I suddenly see the disco lights. I kick my house help out of the way and use the mop as a prop to dance.

What made you take up JDJ 7?

Actually, I was offered the reality show several times in the past as well, but I couldn’t do it before due to unavailability dates, or the various injuries I have had in the past. I know the show is extremely strenuous on the body so there was no way I could have taken it up before. But when the channel came to me again this year, I thought that if something keeps coming back to you, then it’s meant for you. I don’t think I have ever trained to dance this hard. I love to dance, so this is the perfect opportunity and platform to learn different the dance forms and to push yourself. After all, this is not something you will do again in your life, right. People have seen me in my music videos and the movies but they’ve not seen me as the complete entertainer that I am. So this platform will let me do that and by the end of the show, hopefully I will be a fabulous dancer as well.

Will you be singing and performing on any of your own songs?

Well I can’t give that away, just yet. However, if I am blessed with the talent to sing, I should make the most of it.

So are you a trained Bharatanatyam dancer?

I am not a trained dancer at all. I do not know why all this stuff about me is on the net. When I was in London at the age of 11, I loved Karisma Kapoor, Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Govinda’s dancing styles. So I wanted to learn Bharatanatyam, but when I went to the dance school, I saw everyone dancing barefoot and ran away from there. Till date, I have an obsession about clean feet. In my own house, I do not walk barefoot. When I was 13, I went back and learnt it for a few months, but you can barely learn anything in such little time. Dance is a part of our DNA as Indians, whether it’s a wedding or a party. Nonetheless, here I will be judged on technique, on whether I can point my toes, stretch my legs, land correctly and if my posture is right or not. Jhalak is all about bringing technique and passion together. I have the passion; all I need now is the right technique.

Is there any particular dance form that you would want to master?

Yes, I really want to excel in Latin Pop. I’d also love to be able to do Salsa, Cha Cha Cha and Bachata. I believe I have the best of east and west. Being born and brought up there, I believe my body language is very western, yet I am a desi girl at heart. I hope I can give a slightly more international body language to the international dance forms I do.

Have you already started working for the show?

My choreographer, Deepak Singh and I have started rehearsing for Jhalak… I already have injuries and bruises all over my body. My arm is blue, purple and black. It’s genuinely one of the toughest things I have done in my life. I practice for about five-six hours a day.

Among the three judges – Karan Johar, Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Remo D’souza, who scares you the most?

First of all, I am honoured to be able to perform in front of all three judges ‘coz they’ve all achieved so much in their lives. They will all be looking at different aspects. I believe all three will be difficult to impress but I definitely think Remo will be extremely technical. In addition to that, he has worked with me in the past, and hence has a fair idea of what I can and cannot do. So I need to rise above that and impress him.

Who is your favourite dancer in Bollywood?

Growing up, I thought that there was no one better than Govinda and Karisma Kapoor. Prabhu Dheva is a legend and I have had the honour of working with him in a song. He literally has no bones in his body. Madhuri is an epitome of grace and I think Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is an underrated dancer. Among the guys of this generation, I think Varun Dhawan and Tiger Shroff are fabulous. In the girls, I think Katrina Kaif has come a long way.

Who is your toughest competitor on JDJ 7?

I think this year everyone is competition because they’ve taken contestants who can dance. Everyone has a basic knowledge in dancing, which makes it ten times harder. Everyone has been talking about Shakti Mohan and her dancing skills. She is a professional dancer and a choreographer already, so I would be stupid to compete with that. I think it is much better if I compete with myself.