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Revealed: Shashank Khaitan on why he took up ‘Dance Deewane’

Shashank Khaitan who is currently enjoying the success of the recent release of ‘Dhadak’ (2018) starring the budding young stars Jhanvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter, is also a part of the judging panel for the dance reality show ‘Dance Deewane’.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Khaitan shares why decided to join the show and how the opportunity came about  “The offer was quite an unexpected one. I was busy with Dhadak when I got a call from the channel. And when I heard that Madhuri Dixit was spearheading the judging panel, I thought why not.” said Khaitan.

So was the ‘Dedh Ishkiya’ (2014) actress the main reason behind Khaitan’s decision?  “It was definitely one of the biggest reason. But to be honest, the format of the show really got me excited. We have three generations performing on the stage and it’s amazing to watch them. The contestants in the above-35 category have come out as a surprise. They are an example for people who feel they are not young enough to dance. Seeing them perform without any inhibition has been so inspiring. On their part, they are overjoyed to have got this opportunity to fulfill their dreams,” revealed the director.

Khaitan went on to talk about his love for dance.  “Movies are my life, but I have always been really passionate towards dance. I remember I performed for the first time at a sangeet when I was just seven. From then I have been the star performer at all family functions. I have also trained in Bollywood dance for a few years. My love towards dance is quite clear in my movies. I think this was the perfect show for me as I am also quite a dance deewana.”

The ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’ (2017) director was asked if he ever been in front of the camera, to which he replied, “It’s been embarrassing (tries to hides his face). I have always told my actors not to do touch-ups all the time. And now I am going through the same routine. But after the show, I have started understanding them better. I know it does take time to get ready and put on makeup. It’s a very unique experience for me and slightly funny.”

Khaitan shared that he’s receiving mentoring from Karan Johar. “Karan just told me to be myself. He said the audience will only like me if I am real. Faking a personality in front of the camera never works.”