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    Utkarsh Gupta lets us in on the drama of D4

    Everything’s not well at Mikhail Shah’s dance academy on the dance fiction show, D4. Baby, female lead of the academy’s latest dance production, Soulmates, has met with an accident, and is bound to a wheelchair. And her replacement, Aneri Vajani, isn’t able to match her skills. Meanwhile, Shah is more worried about getting Baby back on her feet than fine-tuning the choreography. That’s because Shah is not that angry, and indifferent after all. He has a soft corner for Baby, who works as an administrative assistant at the academy, and happens to be a truly gifted dancer.
    The show is heading towards some nail-biting drama on May 20. Baby will finally get up and dance in this one-hour special episode, says Utkarsh Gupta, who plays the role of choreographer Shah. “I don’t want to give away much, but Baby will get frustrated with Vajani’s inability to grasp the choreography, then get up, and teach her how to dance. A lot of new, and old problems will crop up in my own life after that episode,” he shares.
    Unlike his on-screen avatar, in real life, Gupta is anything but angry. He is the funny one, always impersonating others. “I like to mess around with the director. He’s my best friend,” says the 20-year-old, adding, “Sometimes I get into trouble. With so much music playing on the sets, me and my co-stars are always dancing. It’s good fun until the boss in-charge of the spot boys starts shouting, ‘Stop watching them, go, and work!’”
    Not many know that Gupta has been a dance instructor in real life, teaching at New Delhi’s Oorja Dance Academy, and his first stint on TV was an audition for Dance India Dance in 2009. He turned actor with MTV’s Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan, taking on the role of a musician. Gupta can sing, and play guitar too. But he is enjoying his time in front of the camera, “I love both, acting and dancing. But I enjoy dancing only when it’s once or twice a week. It gets tiring otherwise,” says Gupta, who choreographs his solo performances on D4.

    Special episode on May 20, 7 pm on Channel V
    — Barkha Kumari


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