Liv­ing the Dream Girl’s dream

Central Leader - - News - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

Lo­cal dancers have placed the fi­nal touches to their makeup to en­sure they sparkle against a back­drop of Bol­ly­wood stars from In­dia.

They are per­form­ing in the Dream Girls of Bol­ly­wood mu­si­cal at SkyC­ity un­til Sun­day.

Mt Roskill res­i­dent Mon­isha Ku­mar, who also owns a dance stu­dio, was ex­cited to be cho­sen for the per­for­mance.

“I’ve been danc­ing since I was eight years old,” she says. “I like dress­ing up.”

Miss Ku­mar says de­spite be­ing ac­cus­tomed to wear­ing cos­tumes for danc­ing, she has never dressed up to this ex­tent.

The 24-year-old Fi­jian-In­dian, who has lived in New Zealand for nine years, says she would like to travel to In­dia and en­ter the Bol­ly­wood in­dus­try if she has the chance.

“But I re­alise it is very com­pet­i­tive.”

She prac­tised up to 10 hours each day in the lead-up to the show.

Dharmesh Parikh, who is help­ing di­rect the pro­duc­tion, says Miss Ku­mar is Bol­ly­wood ma­te­rial.

“They are in line with the stars and it gives the lo­cal artists a chance to de­but.”

He says the per­form­ers en­joy danc­ing in New Zealand be­cause it has a close-knit com­mu­nity feel.

“The at­mos­phere is not the same in Aus­tralia,” he says.

Mr Parikh ac­knowl­edges the large In­dian com­mu­nity in parts of Auck­land and says the show has a wide ap­peal be­cause it is in English and there is no lan­guage bar­rier.

“The girls are very lucky to have cos­tume artists from the Bol­ly­wood in­dus­try,” he adds, say­ing with pro­fes­sional help it does not take them long to pre­pare.

Di­rected by Swapna Khan- na, there are nine lo­cal per­form­ers, 24 from Mum­bai.

The show tells the story of Sa­jili, played by award­win­ning In­dian dancer Aditi Bhag­wat, a small-town girl who is cho­sen by her teacher to carry out his life’s work through mu­sic and dance.

Dream Girls of Bol­ly­wood is show­ing at SkyC­ity The­atre. Book­ings can be made through Tick­etek on 0800842-538.

Photo: AMELIA JA­COB­SEN

Glitz and glam­our: Mon­isha Ku­mar pre­pares for her role in Dream Girls of Bol­ly­wood, on now at SkyC­ity.

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