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Boogie Woogie is back for more

They had made us put on our dancing shoes 16 years ago. Now, Boogie Woogie, the first ever dance reality show on Indian television, is fighting for a toehold with the other eye-grabbing dance shows it has spawned. For movers and shakers below age 18, the new season airs on Sony on Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm. A t2 chat with the show’s producer and judge Naved Jaffrey.

back to boogeying

It’s like coming back home. We have been trying to get back for the past two years but were busy with our commitments and the channel didn’t have a time slot. As soon as we got a slot, we came back. Jaaved (Jaaferi), Ravi (Behl) and I will judge the show. We have a lot of new things in store. We have new hosts (TV actors Sargun Mehta and Rakshit Wahi). Most importantly, we have got children who are great dancers. We will introduce new rounds. We will have a lot of fun. We won’t let people down.

THE TRENDSETTER

Yes, we had started the trend of dance reality shows. At that time, there was nothing of this sort on TV. Boogie Woogie is based on an original and home-grown format. People later started following it, but creating it was very difficult.

THE COMPETITION

There is no competition. We don’t look at others. We always try to improve and judge ourselves. We have not followed other dance shows. But I do like Dance India Dance, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars.

Audience voting? No, no!

There won’t be any audience voting because people generally vote for a kid who is cute! Our show is based on talent. We shoot spontaneously. Ninety per cent of our show is not scripted.

FUTURE PLANS

This season will air for three-and-a-half months. We have plans to do it with adults and then have a season for mothers.

Ratnalekha Mazumdar
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