The 10 Truths about Dancing Doll – Shakti Mohan

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She tip toed into our hearts with her stunning moves, and built a home in it with her alluring expressions. The adorable angel flapping her invisible wings on the dance floor, is a humble daughter and sister, and calls her family the definition of her life.

1. I cannot define myself without the word ‘Family’…

My sisters and my parents have stood with me, in every step I have taken so far. I am a very quiet person and I love to keep to myself. This is who I am since I was a little girl and little has changed. I am a very punctual person and when it comes to ‘work’, I maintain a certain kind of discipline.

2. Performing is my Passion…

The preparations for the performances you see on the television takes a lot of time. Most of them are carried out under the strict vigilance of the channel and we have to totally rely on what the creatives want and deliver it. There are times when I feel like there’s so much more I can do but we all have to follow the parameters.

3. The Mohan sisters, inspire each other…

We are a bunch of lucky sisters to have each other in our life. Our family has stood by each one of us in every move we made. If I had to name one inspiration, it would be my elder sister Neeti Mohan; she has been extremely supportive of what I wanted to do. Initially, it was a conflict between my heart and my mind, my mind was asking me to take IAS as a career because I didn’t know if I would just be a background dancer or a choreographer. I was completely confused and Neeti di told me that even if I do not make a living out of it she will take care of me. I pushed my boundaries and took a leap, because of the faith she had in me.

4. My Godfather is my mentor – Terence Lewis…

‘Dance India Dance’ (DID) was not the end of his guidance in my life. He continues to throw light on my path even today. Every opportunity I have taken up so far, I have discussed the pros and cons and made the decisions as per his guidance. It was a wonderful journey with the right people and I had a blast doing DID.

5. I have expressed so much with my performances…

Some of my own favourite performances include ‘Khuda jaane’ and ‘Bheegi bheegi’ in DID2, ‘Laal ishq’ from ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7’ and a big list of performances in ‘Dil Dosti Dance’. My performances always have a message for people who are looking for inspiration and want to follow their hearts.

6. I am a major feminist…

I studied Political Science and I read about feminism all the time. I used to have long discussions with my dad about the “why’s and how’s”. I would always stand-up for feminism and support all the women for whatever they want to do, whatever they want to be, whatever they want to wear, and I strongly believe that this change begins from home.

7. One of the most memorable moments…

Sharing the stage with Madhuri ma’am and dancing with her was like a dream come true, a dream that I had never dared to see before. Apart from sharing the stage for ‘Jhalak Dikhla Jaa’, I recently danced with her for her website.

8. I don’t see myself as an actor for Bollywood movies…

Why am I going to act, when I am a dancer? What I am doing today makes me happy so I don’t feel the need to venture out of my zone. I love dancing and I will always be dancing and I take a lot of pride in that.

9. My future husband will also be my best friend…

I don’t want to find a ‘pati parmeshwar’. I want someone who loves and cares for me and understands me like a friend does.

10. I want a court marriage…

I do not feel like spending a single penny on celebrations and inviting people who were not really a very close part of my life. Marriages are so personal that only people who you really love and care about should be the part of your jubilation.

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