Pu­nit is liv­ing his dream

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They say life al­ways comes full cir­cle, and that’s the case with chore­og­ra­pher Pu­nit Pathak (right). The 30-year-old is now on the judges’ panel of a dance re­al­ity show on TV that he had once par­tic­i­pated in as a con­tes­tant. And Pathak couldn’t have been hap­pier about it. “I was speech­less when I got this op­por­tu­nity. It’s a dream come true to judge Dance In­dia Dance. This is the show that had given me fame,” he says, adding that be­ing a judge is not an easy task.

The chore­og­ra­pher has also acted in two dance-based films by chore­og­ra­pher-film­maker Remo D’Souza, namely ABCD (2013) and ABCD 2 (2015). He played a deaf and mute char­ac­ter in the lat­ter. He ad­mits that it was a chal­leng­ing role to play. “I got train­ing for two months to get the char­ac­ter right by Si­taram, the same per­son who helped (ac­tor) Ran­bir Kapoor for Barfi!. I used to in­ter­act with deaf and mute stu­dents, go to their schools, spend time with them or some­times they’d come to me,” he shares. So, what does he en­joy more — chore­og­ra­phy or act­ing? “I love chore­ograph­ing more than any­thing else, as it ex­presses my cre­ative skills the best. I have chore­ographed for celebs such as Lau­ren Got­tlieb, Mouni Roy and Anushka Man­chanda.”

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

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