This is an interview of someone who discovered 1-2-1-2; 1-1-2 are not just dance steps. He found that it is a dream of many. He is someone, who made passion possible. Here is an interview of Neerav Bavlecha, your favorite Dance show judge. Or rather our favorite Neeravji.
The day Neerav Bavlecha landed on the set of Malayalam dance reality show, 2 things happened. First and foremost, Kerala’s dance stage permanently received a judge, who understands creativity and self-stylization. He actually changed the perception of dance in the minds of Malayali audience because until then, dance was all about classical forms like Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam and other traditional formats. Secondly, people down south got a young dimpled Gujarati dance hero. Surprisingly, Malayalis accepted a non-native speaker as their own Neeravji. In his low-pitched voice, he gave advice on the importance of right postures, encouraged contestants to learn new techniques and pushed them to improvise to bring visually beautiful movements on the stage.
Blink…Blink…, within no time his name got etched on the same list in which Malayali dance lovers scribbled the names of their most favorite dancers like Shobana Chandrakumar and Vineeth.
From the short talk I had with him, I understood that he is in search for real talent. He is someone who no more appreciate copycat versions of dance numbers. Years of dedicated practice under the eminent dance master Terence Lewis changed his views on dance and opened up a whole new world of various dance forms. Neerav, the hardcore Bollywood lover picked up the nuances of Jazz, hip-hop, contemporary and even the correct way of doing warm up sessions under his master’s guidance. He shared, “ It was a great experience learning under Terence Lewis and life for me changed because of it. Truth to be spoken, I joined him as a student and the rest is history.” Though he love hip-hop, contemporary and Urban dance styles, he is truly an aficionado for Bollywood pizzazz. May be that is why he is even seen commenting on minute expressions and story-lines.
With 10 to 12 years of fervent dance learning, he rightly deserves all the praises, awards and accolades he is being showered with. This young dancing sensation is a fan of many other dancers like Hrithik Roshan for his style, Govinda for his expressions, Allu Arjun, Aishwaya, Madhuri, Deepika, choreographer Ganesh Acharya,Justin Bieber, Beyonce, and many more. This simply shows his interest in all types of dance forms and his respect for dance as an art form.
This young gentleman can fluently speak Marathi, English, Gujarati, Hindi, but still haven’t been able to pick up Malayalam. He says it is one of the toughest languages in the world. When asked about his future plans he says, “I have an early realization that I wouldn’t be able to sustain in the glamour industry for so long. So, these days I am getting into stage shows. Reality shows, of course I have been doing it for quite some time now. Apart from D4 Dance, I am now an integral part of Naach Maari Saathe, a dance reality show that is telecasted in Colours Gujarati.”
In D4 Dance, his favorite round was relationship round, especially the one that contestant Kukku performed (Chenda & Kol). When asked about, what does he do when he is sad, he said, “I would work more and won’t have time to notice minute emotional roller coasters within me.” Yes, he is a true workaholic. His regular day is jam packed and for the last 2 to 3 months, he was busy with 21st Asianet Awards. He believes in hard work, passion and personal satisfaction when it comes to work. Outside the world of dance, he goes a bit adventurous. Sky diving, bungee jumping and other adventure sports gives him adrenaline rush to live more enthusiastically.
Ask him to describe himself in 3 words, he would say, “Honest, Passionate and Dedicated.” He might seem like a man of minimal words, this is not true. My experience interviewing him proved it all wrong. He doesn’t come with the false attitude of a star, that makes him truly a friendly person.
Neeravji’s Message to All Aspiring Dancers:
“I would like to say to those who want to take dance as a serious career that, understand what you are getting into. Do you want to be a classical dancer, commercial dance performer or get into dance teaching. So decide what you want to get into and then start working towards your goals.”