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Mithun Chakraborty is guiding youngsters in ‘Dance India Dance'

“I have maintained a low profile throughout my career, but have always done things my way — be it dancing or dressing up. On the dance floor, I had unique steps and often had to lead my choreographer. Similarly, way back in the 1970s when I teamed a muffler with a formal coat, people were shocked. Now it is the done thing,” says Mithun Chakraborty going down memory lane. And now, as a grandmaster for the second time in Zee TV's ‘Dance India Dance', Mithun is clearly enjoying his new stint.

Assessing individual skills

“It is my third innings in the industry, and I am enjoying it the most. Now I am in a position to pick and choose and also guide the youngsters. I get respect for free. For instance, in ‘Dance India Dance', I try to assess individual skills of the contestants. Though only one guy will win the show, the experience will stand all the others in good stead.”

Mithun, who had hits such as “Suraksha” , “Pyar Jhukta Nahin” and “Disco Dancer” in his first innings, is still busy with films — it included films such as “Guru” , “Chandni Chowk to China” and “Dil Diya Hai”. Often elusive with the media, he says: “My fans know me and love me the way I am. They like to see me in movies. I needn't give long interviews or do chat shows.”

Mithun da is busy also with other dance shows such as the Bengali version of ‘Dance…', now in its fifth season. He is also into the hotel business and runs a school ‘Monarch Public School', in association with Cambridge University.

S.M. AAMIR

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