After dancing her way into people’s hearts, Canadian artiste Nora Fatehi is excited about her next outing — the Remo D’Souza directorial, Street Dancer 3D. In a quick chat with BT, she talks about her journey so far and more. Excerpts...
Street Dancer 3D also features Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor and the dancing legend, Prabhudeva.
Recently, Varun had talked about how Prabhudeva, who is otherwise extremely quiet and calm, becomes a different person when he dances. Given your passion for dance, how was it working with him? Well, I didn’t get to dance with him in the film, but I watched him when he was shooting for his scenes. It’s like dance gets his alter ego out. He is a quiet person, but the moment music starts, he goes all out. It’s phenomenal, he’s like Michael Jackson. Apparently, even he was quite shy when he wasn’t on stage, performing. That’s how great artistes are. Prabhudeva is an icon, I could see why he is who he is.
Over the years, you have become one of the most sought-after dancers in Bollywood. So, this film feels like an apt choice...
I am not a trained dancer, I am self-taught. So, it was intimidating to dance with some of the finest talents in this film. I freaked out initially, as it was challenging, both physically and mentally, to match up to them. It made me push my level of dancing. I play Varun’s girlfriend in the film, and my character is supportive and instrumental in his rise as a dancer.
You are a Canadian. How did you make a foray into Indian showbiz?
I was born and raised in Canada. I was always inclined towards dancing, but couldn’t afford a dance class or formal training. My family never encouraged arts as they wanted me to focus on academics and become a doctor. So, I had to teach myself. I would watch dance videos online — be it Bollywood songs, Turkish dancers, Beyoncé, Rihanna... I am extremely observant and that helped. I chose to pursue my career in Bollywood, as it’s the second biggest movie industry in the world and a place where I can dance and act. From doing five-minute dance numbers, I have moved on to acting in films and so, I am happy. It’s only getting bigger and better. Also, I don’t consider my performances as item numbers, they are dance numbers. I am proud of them, as they are performance-oriented.
According to you, who are the best dancers in Bollywood?
Hrithik Roshan is the best. Katrina Kaif is also good. However, my idols have always been Madhuri Dixit Nene and Helenji.