Neha Marda gets nervous on Boogie Woogie
Neha Marda (Gehna of Balika Vadhu on Colors) was invited as a special guest on the show Boogie Woogie,
in an episode featuring all its former winners. Neha has won the title
thrice so far and her experience shooting for the special episode
proved very nostalgic, and overwhelming, for the actress.
NEHA says, "I'll be seen performing at the start of the show's grand
finale. In the episode, all the champions of the show will compete
against each other."
The actress was initially asked to be a judge but
she felt that she was not worthy of the position. She says, "I was told
by the Boogie Woogie team that I deserved to be on the show. In fact,
they also asked me to judge but it would be impossible for me to sit
with the judges who selected me thrice as a winner."
So instead, Neha performed on the song Sajna Hai Mujhe Sajna Ke Liye.
"I had only half an hour to rehearse and I did it in my vanity van!
Still, it was fun being back on the show," she adds.
Neha has won the Boogie Woogie title thrice: when she was 11, 15 and 17-years-old.
Yet, she still had the jitters when she went onstage again. She adds,
"I have done many stage shows and performed at awards functions too. So
the stage has never been daunting for me. But when I got on to the
Boogie Woogie stage, all the memories came rushing back! I remembered
how I would wait for Javed's questions and how I would get scared
before every elimination. Memories from all three times on the show
were all jumbled in my head."
The actress, who is trained in bharatnatayam, kathak, jazz and salsa,
refused to take any payment for her appearance on the show. Even so,
she didn't leave empty handed. She says, "When they called me, I was so
excited at the chance to perform after such a long time that I was
jumping everywhere. They asked me for a quotation but I would have been
ashamed to take money from them. I flatly told them that I did not want
anything. Even so, they gifted me a gold and diamond necklace. I took
it as their blessing."
Asked whether she would ever consider being on a dance reality show,
Neha says, "I don't know what the criteria behind dance reality shows
are but I would love to be on one."
Boogie Woogie, judged by Ravi Behl, Naved Jaffrey and Javed Jaffrey, airs every Friday and Saturday at 8pm on Sony.
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Thursday, April 30, 2009|