I love acting but dancing is my forte, says Banjo’s Dharmesh
I was born and raised in Gujarat and, like for many others, Mumbai was a dreamland for me. Dancing is in my blood. As a kid, if my neighbours turned on the radio, I just had to start dancing. Now everyone knows my journey, from reality shows to judging a dance show today.
Life has changed a lot. I know what projects to pick. I am concentrating on dancing and on acting although dancing is my forte and I want to concentrate on it. The response I have received from Dance Plus is phenomenal.
Moving out of comfort zone
I was judging a dance show in Marathi where I met Ravi Jadhav who was a co-juror. That’s when he told me that he is making a film in Hindi and he wants me to act in it. I had thought that it will be a dance film but then when he narrated it to me it seemed totally acting based film. I accepted the challenge as I was looking for such films. So Banjo is about four people who play the instruement. So in our country this music instrument is only played by chawl guys and especially on Ganpati. So these groups of four boys play some fantastic banjo. The film is about their journey from Mumbai streets to a music festival in USA where they don’t know anything but still they play fantastic banjo. The film demanded more acting from me than what I have done so far in ABCD and ABCD 2.
Training and workshop
There were no acting workshops but we were trained to play the instruments. We did some script readings with Riteish sir which helped all of us know each other and be in sync. It was a challenge for me to do something out of my comfort level. There were no acting workshops but I did my own research, watched videos, observed people, learnt the accent.
Being an actor
Once I finished working in ABCD I knew I can act. In spite of getting enrolled in an acting school, I started observing actors and doing my own prep. Obviouly being on television helps you grow fearless in front of the camera but acting in films is different from doing reality shows. I hope with time I grow as an actor.