A day after Diwali, Suniel Shetty was caught in peculiar crisis. For his home production, Loot, he was required to dance with three of the most accomplished dancers in the film industry.
"The lineup of dancers that choreographer Ahmed Khan had for me made me go weak in the knees. Would you be believe, he wanted a renowned non-dancer like yours truly to do intricate steps for the title song (composed by Raghav Sachar) with three of the best dancers in the film industry Govinda, Javed Jaffry and (Mithun Chakbraborty's son) Mimoh. Trust me; they are super-dancers on a par with John Travolta and Michael Jackson. And I'm rightly known for my two left feet. To ask a non-dancer to match steps with them is not just cruel, it's a bloody joke."
Initially, Suniel refused to take the plunge. "To make myself look ridiculous in my own production? Come on! I told Ahmed Khan there're better ways for me to commit suicide. But he asked me to just trust him. So there I was a day after Diwali trusting my choreographer instead of my better judgment, matching steps with Govinda, Javed and Mimoh."
Suniel actually enjoyed himself. "I just let myself go. I know I'm a terrible dancer. But I wasn't pretending otherwise."
In fact, recently Suniel was chosen by Zoom TV as one of the ten worst dancers of the film industry. "I was ecstatic. I rang up my daughter and told her to quickly put on the telly, her dad had been chosen among the best dancers of the country. She thought I had lost it. 'You and best dancer?' But honestly I was kicked because they had named me as the clumsiest dancers along with Sanjay Dutt, Sunny Deol and Abhishek Bachchan. And for some strange reason they had also named Mr Amitabh Bachchan among the worst dancers. So God was with me," Suniel chuckles at his own clever pun.