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Vidya Malavde uses dancing steps in Hockey

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Popular model and actress Vidya Malavde is currently basking in the success of blockbuster film Chak De, India in which she plays the role of the team captain. Interestingly, Vidya has never been into any sport in her whole life. So what's the secret behind her onscreen tricky hockey moves? Dancing, she says, helped her learn the strenuous sport for the film.

Vidya has trained in North-Indian classical dance form Kathak, as well as foreign dance forms like Salsa, Fox Trot, Rumba and Tap dancing. She is also a certified yoga instructor. Says Vidya: "I have been practising dance for the last nine years, hence the hockey moves that required hand-eye coordination came easily to me. One has to be really careful in hockey while handling heavy safety gear and hard sticks. Hats off to the real players of the game who work so hard and win for our country, and yet they get little recognition."

Perhaps the Chak De theme will jolt our political leaders out of slumber and motivate them to give our country's real hockey players their due.

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