Pravesh Rana on “Chak Dhoom Dhoom”
COLORS TV, a popular entertainment channel has launched a dance talent hunt show for children called Chak Dhoom Dhoom. What makes it so special is the fact that contestants are not just from any one country; the junior dancing sensation of the year will be chosen from participants who hail from India, the US and the UK.
A kid’s reality show, Chak Dhoom Dhoom is the ideal platform for talented and aspiring children of 4-15 years who dream to become the next big dancing sensation. The level of competition is extremely high as children from all over are participating in the show. The children are judged not only on their dance techniques but also on their overall appeal and presentation. The high priestess of Bollywood choreography Saroj Khan, dancer extraordinaire Ahmed Khan and the lovable Vindu Dara Singh have the responsibility of judging the young talent in the show Chak Dhoom Dhoom. It's a huge undertaking, with those from the UK and the US who were successful in their auditions being flown to India to take part in the competition.
Former Bigg Boss contestant and winner of the 2008 Mr India competition Pravesh Rana is one of the hosts of Chak Dhoom Dhoom and spoke with Simi Sehgal about the exciting new show.
How do you feel about being chosen for the role of presenter of Chak Dhoom Dhoom?
Pravesh Rana: I'm very excited about it. I consider it to be a great honour, as with any project I'm involved in. Because it's a dance reality show, it means that there is a great opportunity to see young talent, and to watch it develop over the coming weeks.
Having had experience of competing in a contest yourself, such as Bigg Boss, do you have any advice you'd like to give for any contestants in Chak Dhoom Dhoom?
PR: I would say to anybody who participates in a show like this that it is the most important to be yourself and that there's nothing to be nervous about as long as you give it your best shot.
This isn't your first time doing something like this – being a show-host. Do you ever feel nervous before a show?
PR: I used to be, at first, but not anymore. I've got a lot of experience. The only thing you could say I'm slightly worried about is that usually when I'm a host, there is some sort of script but because it's a competition where anything can happen, and if a child is severely disappointed you need to be able to console them and tell them that it's not the end of the world, that there will be future opportunities. A script can't prepare you for that so there'll be more improvisation.
Do you think you owe any of your success to your role as competitor in Bigg Boss?
PR: It was very different from anything I have previously experienced. I think that participating in the show has been the best thing that has happened to me, even more than winning the Mr India tournament in 2008. Bigg Boss gave me publicity that I needed, and it gave me recognition. It gave me a platform to show who I am, and off the back of that I have been presented with many work opportunities. It is all because of the show.
You've known Vindu Dara Singh from your time in the Bigg Boss house, how do you feel about working with him again in this project?
PR: We both have different roles to play within the show. He is one of the judges sitting on the panel and I am one of the hosts. But there is a lot of interaction between the hosts and the judges, a lot of light-hearted banter, and it's very nice to have someone I know personally to do that with. We lived in the Bigg Boss house for two months so I think that it's a lot of fun and a good way to get to know each other in a working environment.
Because a lot of the contestants are from England and the US, they might not have a fluent understanding of Hindi or Punjabi. Is the show aired in English?
PR: The show is aired predominantly in Hindi but I don't think that this will be a problem for our contestants from the UK and the US. Dancing is a universal concept, it doesn't matter where you are from or what language you can speak when dancing is itself a language of its own. But if a child is not fluent in Hindi or Punjabi, then we will use English or a dialect they are comfortable with. If it's their first time to India, they might find it difficult to adapt, but we have a very skilled Production Team and they'll be able to take care of them and make them feel comfortable.
Since it's a dancing competition, do you have any favourite songs to dance to?
PR: (laughs) I prefer to hide behind closed doors and dance in my bedroom to Michael Jackson songs! I think that I'm learning a lot from the kids. They're all more skilled than I ever will be when it comes to dancing.
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