“I love the energy and vibe while performing live, says Urvashi Rautela after enthralling Kolkata audiences on New Year’s Eve

The actress talks about her life-long passion for dance and why live concerts inspire her

By Manishaa R

She has been to Kolkata on several occasions earlier but actress Urvashi Rautela describes her Hasta La Vista event on New Year’s Eve as one of her most exciting performances in recent times. Reports suggest that the huge crowds who had gathered at Ekante Island, Eco Park to witness the high voltage spectacle, went berserk as the actress gyrated to some of the most popular numbers in recent times, including her own Haseenon Ka Deewana number in Kaabil.

Urvashi recalled her experience and the great connect she shared with the audiences, “I have performed to some of the most vibrant crowds in the past but this was something different. There was a different energy and vibe and the feeling was amazing. I wanted the Kolkata audiences to usher the New Year in a unique way and they were thrilled,” she said. She also remembered her recent live-wire act in UAE at the Sharjah International Cricket Stadium, when she performed for her Dubai fans, “That was another novel experience. I wanted to do something different and I performed an Arabic dance form especially for my Dubai audiences. It was an exhilarating experience,” she revealed.

The actress said that performing live in front of thousands of fans gave her a new high, “I am extremely passionate about dancing but when I take to the dance floor at a concert, there is so much more excitement since the audiences are right there in front of you giving you a direct feedback,” she said, adding that she loved to choreograph her own act with creative dance moves.

Talking about her life-long connect to dance, Urvashi recalled an incident in her childhood days when she choreographed a number for a school function, “I was just 12 years old then. I used to choreograph dance numbers for school events and conduct dance classes for free for the kids living in my area. One of the numbers I taught to a student was the ‘Dil Mein Mere Dard E Disco’, which shaped up so well that the six year old won the first prize in the school competition. It prodded me to pursue dance further. I am very creative about my dance moves and it comes to me very instinctively. I think it’s gifted,” she said.

“I remember I had choreographed the Shah Rukh Khan number, ‘Dil Mein Mere Dard E Disco’ at the age of 12 for a school concert for which my six year old dance student won the first prize” – Urvashi Rautela

Interestingly, Urvashi is said to have choreographed two of the dance numbers in her forthcoming film, Hate Story 4, “I have added my own creative inputs to the two very catchy numbers but I have done it unofficially but it gave a whole new dimension to the way the numbers finally shaped up,” she said.