One step up
Niyati Fatnani on her transition from a dancer to an actor with D4
STARTING Monday, you will see Niyati Fatnani in the role of Baby Sinha in Channel Va��s new dance fiction show, D4. But acting was never in the scheme of things for this 21-year-old from Gujarat. She studied BBA, while pursuing Kathak. Dance has always been a passion! She moved to Mumbai to learn Western dance forms at choreographer Terence Lewisa�� academy. Last year, a dance instructor told her about the D4 auditions. She gave it a shot, did a few contemporary and ballet moves, read out lines and was roped in as the lead.
a�?Acting is a completely new experience,a�? begins Fatnani, adding, a�?I wake up at 5 am, shoot, do dance rehearsals and sleep past midnight. Ita��s hectic, but fun. Dance rehearsals actually help me beat stress. As far as technicality of acting goes, facing the camera has been quite a learning. Since I am a Kathak dancer, I can emote well. I am sure Ia��ll grow better as an actor with time.a�?
Fatnani takes us through the plot. a�?Baby loves dancing, and idolises Mikhail Shah (played by actor/dancer Utkarsh Gupta), who runs a dance academy in Goa. She has learnt dance by watching Mikhaila��s videos. During a college party, she dances on a song, exactly the way Mikhail had danced. Somebody records it, and uploads it on the net. He happens to watch the clip and takes it as an insult.a�?
Later, the two cross paths in Goa where Shah discovers a true dancer in Baby and decides to train her. A love track is inevitable amid a lot of contemporary, belly dance, hiphop, and jazz funk routines! We asked her how it was to work with Gupta, whoa��s quite a prankster, she says, a�?The minute he is off his angry character, he starts imitating me. Thata��s Utkarsh!a�?
Premieres on February 22. Monday-Friday, 7 pm on
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