John Travolta danced to Shiamak Davar’s tune at IIFA Awards (w/gallery)

Published: May 8, 2014


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Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra (L) dances with Hollywood actor John Travolta on stage during the fourth and final day of the 15th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, April 26, 2014. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

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Shiamak Davar with John Travolta during the IIFA Awards. Handout/Vancouver Desi

When John Travolta rocked the IIFA Awards with his desi thumkas on Tune Maari Entry with Priyanka Chopra in Tampa Bay, the crowd went crazy.

For Bollywood’s Shiamak Davar, who choreographed the actor/dancer for the performance, it was a ‘dream come true,’ he said in a statement.

“We’ve all grown up watching dance based films like Saturday Night Fever and Grease. In fact I’ve played John Travolta’s character Danny in Grease (theatre). So for me, this was all too surreal,” said Davar. “I was like a child, extremely excited! I took his popular moves and give it a Bollywood twist. He was so sweet and it was an absolute pleasure choreographing him.”

With nearly 30,000 people in the audience, the performance will go down in history, Davar said.

“Bollywood has really come of age. With the interest of the west in Bollywood, we know that there is a strong global popularity. With song and dance being such an integral part of our cinema, it was great to see John Travolta moving to Bollywood music and doing it so well. This one was special and I’m extremely grateful for it,” Davar added.

Even before the awards ceremony, Davar expressed his excitement about working with Travolta in an interview to BBC.

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