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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 in my own unique way, be it dancing or dressing up. On the dance floor I had my own 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.

Now seen on television as a grandmaster for the second time in Zee TV's “Dance India Dance”show, Mithun is clearly enjoying his new stint.

“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 in future.”

Mithun, who had hits like “Suraksha”, “Pyar Jhukta Nahin” and “Disco Dancer” in his first innings, is still busy with films; his third innings with films like “Guru”, “Chandni Chowk to China” and “Dil Diya Hai” is enough proof of his versatility and his love for acting and the industry. Often elusive with the media, he says: “If you see people on television you get the feeling that everyone is very good, but this is not reality. My fans know me and love me the way I am. I don't want to lie to my fans. My fan following is intact. They only like to see me in movies, which I am still doing for them.”

S.M. AAMIR

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