Living the Dream Girl’s dream
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.
Glitz and glamour: Monisha Kumar prepares for her role in Dream Girls of Bollywood, on now at SkyCity.