Mumbai: Actor Smiley Suri, who started her career in 2006 with ‘Kalyug’, has found a new passion – pole dance. Currently, she is promoting pole dance in India to empower women. She is also giving a new platform to girls to motivation and express herself.
Sharing with Free Press Journal about her new passion, she said, “Pole is fitness, it’s the best gift a woman can give herself. It has elements of yoga gymnastics and it helps you lift own body weight. Pole fitness and pole dancing are the best workout for women, especially older women.”
Before immersing herself into pole dancing through, Smiley had her share of problems as, like so many other stars, she also suffered from depression. Recalling the tough days, she said, “I was going through a lot of depression, which I had no clue about after my father’s death. I put on weight due to thyroid, PCOD. I was unaware. I was dancing and doing aerial arts, but it didn’t complete me. Suddenly one day in Dubai, I was waiting for aerial class, and a pole fitness teacher walked in, and that pole class changed my life completely. I realised how beautiful and empowered I felt. I realised how feminine I can be, and how sexy I can feel. And, I felt strong. So I decided to learn the sport and went to Singapore to train and started my school, Polestar. My motto is if I can you can. And, that’s what I tell all my students.”
On what her take up pole dancing seriously, she explained, “My journey started with ‘Kalyug’ in 2006. Before that, I was a dancer and had assisted on ‘Murder’, and Mohit on ‘Zeher’. I wanted to learn all aspects of performing arts. After the success of ‘Kalyug’, ‘I did Yeh Mera India’ directed by N Chandra for which I was nominated for a National Award, but it bombed and obviously I was not to be seen. Also, I did theatre, comedy and English a play called Double Trouble that ran for a year. I did ‘Nach Baliye’ and ‘Jodha Akbar’, but I didn’t enjoy TV as such. I love theatre, dancing and films.”
About pole dance
Pole dance is a combines dance and acrobatics centered on a vertical pole. This performance art form takes place not only in gentleman’s clubs as erotic dance, but has also recently gained popularity as a mainstream form of fitness, practiced by many enthusiasts in gyms and in dedicated dance studios.
Recently, pole dance was performed by Jacqueline Fernandez in A Gentleman.