Born to the dancer whose father infused the style of Jaipur into Bollywood songs and that has lasted for several years to come, the late Shri B.Hiralal, Shruti was trained both in Kathak and Bharatnatyam. She stepped onto the dance platform at first, by assisting her sister, the famous choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant. Vaibhavi has choreographed for films such as; Dhoom 1, 2 and 3 - this series, needless to talk about the dance in all the three films, the songs; Dhoom, Crazy Kiya Re, etc.
She went on to be such big blockbuster hits not just because of Aishwarya Rai but the choreography as well. Other films such as the SRK starrer Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Madhuri Dixit in Aaja Nachle, The famous SRK starrer movie - Kal Ho Na Ho, in particular for the song Pretty Woman, It’s the time to disco, Maahi Ve, etc. All these songs were such blockbuster hits also because of the choreography. Also films like Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas, which is needless to talk about the dance involved in his films, what brilliant choreography especially for the song ‘Dola Re Dola’. Furthermore films like Dostana, the songs; Desi girl and Shut up and Bounce, then came Tashan and many others.
For all of Vaibhavi’s choreographed films, Shruti Merchant accompanied her as well. Shruti toured for five years to several places; Canada, Switzerland, US, New Zealand, Australia, U.K, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, South Africa, Thailand, Romania, China and Singapore, for her theatrical 'The Merchants of Bollywood', which revolved along the lines of Vaibhavi and Shri B.Hiralal’s career as a choreographer. Shruti danced her way to fame with her first film, Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl for the song, Thug Le, for which she won the Best Choreographer by Big Entertainment.
She later stepped onto the dance platform on the small screen as a judge for one of India's most famous reality TV Show on Zee TV - Dance India Dance in the year 2013. She then went to kick start with her production company, 'Quintessence Entertainment Productions' with the sole purpose of bringing commercial theater into the Indian Entertainment Market. She later went on to produce and direct 'Taj Express’ which is India's first international production. This musical premiered at the Jamshed Bhabha Theater in Mumbai, and it's World Premiere took place at the Esplanade Theater in Singapore in 2012. After which they went on to complete over 25 shows in about ten different cities across China.
They also went on to perform at the '15 th Turkish State Theater Sabanci International Adana Theater Festival' in March 2013. She then shook a leg with her second theatrical musical, 'Taj Express the Bollywood Musical' which performed under the banner name 'Bollywood Express' and went on to complete 45 shows in about 36 cities in France, all in a span of two months; November and December in the year 2013. She then toured in Taiwan, at the Taipei National Theater between 21 st to 28 th July 2014.
After all the fame and talent she exposed to the whole wide world, she was called to perform at the 50 th Annual International Festival de Carthage in Tunisia and also at Bangkok's 16 th International Festival of Dance and Music. The show went on to make its rounds at Russia in the months October and November 2014. They went on to perform 15 shows in thirteen cities. Upon reaching France later, they completed 23 shows in 15 cities across the country. Kudos to one of the most hardworking choreographers in India.
Mudassar Khan came to the limelight with the Zee-tv reality dance show- Dance India Dance. He is a dancer cum choreographer and judged Dance India Dance season 4 where he was a mentor too. He has choreographed for several super hit Bollywood films in the recent past like the Rajshri production which had Sonam Kapoor and Salman Khan as lead, titled Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, all of the recent Salman Khan blockbusters Dabangg 2, Ready, Bodyguard, and Kick.
He has also choreographed for Abhishek Bachchan and Ajay Devgn starrer Bol Bachchan. Movies as Ishkq in Paris, Boss, Jai Ho, Fugly, Enemy, O Teri boast of his choreography too. At a very young age, he seems to have gotten to the very climax of his career, and he is one of India’s quickly blossoming prized choreographers.
Jay Bhanushali is a Hindi television actor, anchor, model and dancer, who is famous for his portrayal as Neev in Kayamath, which aired on Star Plus.
He was born on 25th December 1984 and studied at BPM School in Mumbai. He took up modeling on the advice of his sister, Hetal, and has appeared in advertisements such as Lays, Rediffmail.com, Pepsi, and Motorola.
He made his television debut as Varun Bhaskar in Disney TV’s musical comedy, Dhoom Machaao Dhoom. He then shot to fame as Neev Shergill on Kayamath, appeared as Yuvraaj in Star Plus’s Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil, and Yash Malhotra in Star One’s Geet – Hui Sabse Parayi, and also played the male lead role as Anuj Shrivastav in Kairi – Rishta Khatta Meetha, a soap opera aired on Colors TV.
He has hosted numerous shows, including Meethi Choori No. 1, Dance Ke Superkids, and multiple seasons of Dance India Dance. He also contested Kaun Jeetega Bollywood Ka Ticket, and Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao. He showcased his dancing skills in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 2, where he was the 2nd Runner-Up, and Nach Baliye 5, where he came first, along with his wife, Mahii Vij.
He made his film debut in Platform No. 6 (2013), featured in Hate Story 2 (2014), and is part of the upcoming action-drama Desi Kattey.
He has won awards for Best Debut Actor, Best TV Personality (New Talent), and Best Supporting Actor.
Jay is a big fan of cricket and loves gadgets and games. Being a romantic, he enjoys performing flirtatious roles. Playful and enthusiastic, he lives without regrets and is pleased with the way things are going for him in life.
Jason Tham was born on 15th October, 1989. He is native to China but grew up in the United States of America before he and his family moved to Delhi. Jason’s father is the owner of a Chinese restaurant in Gymkhana, South Delhi while his mother runs a salon. The talented dancer went to Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School in Toronto, Ontario for his high school education, and to the University of Stratford to learn International Business.
He used to perform in dance competitions organized by his college as well and his preferred style of dancing is hip-hop. Jason began with participating in the reality dance show Just Dance (Star Plus) turning up among the top 21 contestants. After getting eliminated from the show, he has choreographed for TV dance shows Boogie Woogie (SET India) and season 4 of Dance India Dance (Zee TV).
Right now he plays a character named Karma Wangchuk in the Channel V series Dil Dosti Dance. Besides that, he has also appeared on the 9th October episode of India’s Minute to Win It season 2. He keeps himself fit by working out regularly but he finds acting a bit challenging because he is primarily a dancer and a choreographer. He considers his real personality to be the opposite of his Dil Dosti Dance character.
Ishita Sharma was born on December 2nd 1992. She hails from Lucknow. She is an actress and TV show host who has also appeared in advertisements, much adored for her sweet personality, deep-dimpled smile and gorgeousness.
She started her acting career on Indian television in 2004, appearing on Shaka Laka Boom Boom (Star Plus) as Simple. True to that name, she has continued to play modest, innocent and practical roles in almost all of her career. Her most recent appearance on a series was on Kuch Toh Log Kahenge (Sony Entertainment Television India) as Anjali Solanki.
Ishita has also played a handful of important roles in the films ‘Loins of Punjab Presents’ as Preeti Patel, ‘Dil Dosti Inc’ as Kintu, ‘Sakkarakatti’ as Deepali, ‘Dulha Mil Gaya’ as Samarpreet ‘Samara’ Kapoor, ‘Cycle-Kick’ as Suman and ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ as Charu. Of these, Pyaar Ka Punchnama became a cult movie.
Most people recognize her from Dance India Dance’s (DID) season 4 which she hosted with fellow co-host actor Jay Bhanushali. However, she is also a dancer with a deep love for the art form. She identifies herself as a Kathak dancer and has founded a dance institute called Aamad which provides training in Kathak, Kalaripayattu and T’ai Chi. The purpose of Aamad, she states, is to break out of the norm - to create interest in traditional classical forms of dance in the youth of today, so that both the old and new forms could flourish together. On this note, her idol is renowned teacher and dancer Uma Dogra who Ishita refers to as her Guru Maa.
The bubbly girl is happily married to Indian movie actor Mohit Chadda since 2011. Despite the fact that there is a running joke on DID that she and one of their mentors Mudassar are in love, she has revealed this is not true - their relationship is just friendly make-believe banter on the show.
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Ishita Sharma is an actress from India and has done Hindi and Tamil movies. She has also acted in two TV serials.
Ishita Sharma was born on 8 February 1988 in Gaya, Bihar, into a family of filmmakers. Apart from being an actor, Ishita is a trained Belly Dancer, a Kathak dancer and also is the founder of AAMAD- a dedicated dance, martial arts and yoga studio in Versova, Andheri.
Ishita moved to Mumbai at an early age to fulfill her dreams. She is one of the very few actors to have made appearance in the small screen after starting off on the big one. Her first project was an English movie “Lions of Punjab Present” in 2007. The same year she had another release – “Dil Dosti Inc”. The very next year she got a chance to work in the movie “Sakkarakatti” and later on, she got “Dulha Mil Gaya” in 2010 which proved to be a turning point in her career.
She played a very important role in the movie “Dulha Mil Gaya” and thus was noticed by the audience. After that, Ishita appeared in an advertisement for “LIC”. She became famous after essaying the role of Anjali in “Kuch Toh Log Kahenge” which was telecasted on Sony TV. Her character was the best friend of the lead character which was played by Kritika Kamra. Apart from that, Ishita also hosted the TV Reality show Dance India Dance Season 4 with Jay Bhanushali.
On the personal front, Ishita is married to noted actor Mohit Chadda. The couple entered the wedlock in the year 2011. Her name is constantly being linked with choreographer Mudassar after the duo showed excellent chemistry between them and interest in each other during the reality show but later she revealed that all those were done for TRP stunts.