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Why fit in when you are born to stand out!


Indore: Very often one gets chided by parents to stay focused in life. But with a person of diverse interests, it is too alluring not to sail in two boats at the same time. With an approach to stand out from the crowd and a little extra input than the rest, 22-year-old Romy Bhati emerges as jack of all trades and master of some.

Recollecting his graduation days, Romy said, “While pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering, I developed an interest towards dance. Back then we had a handful of dance classes in Indore.” But this did not deter him from following his heart as he found a small dance class in his colony. This led him to finally start his own dance classes along with a friend. It opened a door of opportunities where he got to choreograph weddings, manage and judge events. With the aim to bring dance battle culture to Indore, Romy organised ‘Funk at Indore’, the first dance battle of the city in 2015. “The response from artistes across the country was overwhelming and we are now ready to enter the third season”, he said.

Taking his passion further, Romy auditioned for Dance India Dance, made it to the Mumbai round but was eliminated soon afterwards. The struggle had only begun from then on. “We had to leave our flat as we had no source of income.” With not a penny in our pockets, we slept at Mumbai Central station for almost a week, he added. Auditioning for several programmes, Romy made it to Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 9. His dancing skills and hippy look earned him a huge number of followers on social media handles.

About his extraordinarily long hair, Romy said, “I have been experimenting with my hair since college days and this is how eventually I ended up making my own dreadlocks,” he shares. Being approached by people to get the same hairstyle, he also happens to be an emerging dreadlock artist in the city.

Create your own magic
With a new found hobby, Romy has resorted to beat boxing recently. “It all started with scrolling through online videos from where I picked up some tricks, he said. Getting in touch with like-minded people, he now performs with his group Rapbox in events across the city. Talking about his family’s reaction on his change of interests, he said, “After initial reactions, my family started supporting me in my career choices.”