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2 million views and counting: Sarah Anjuli Hopkins overwhelmed by Bollywood debut response


Perth entert­ainer will get her breakt­hrough position in Bollyw­ood film Haseen­a Parkar’s music video Piya Aa

Sarah Anjuli Hopkins. PHOTO COURTESY: WAtoday

Sarah Anjuli Hopkins. PHOTO COURTESY: WAtoday

Perth entertainer Sarah Anjuli Hopkins has been humbled by the large response she’s needed to her Bollywood debut with greater than two million individuals watching her first Hindi music video inside days of its launch.

“It’s so loopy, particularly coming from Perth the place there are round that many individuals,” she stated, talking to WAtoday from Mumbai.

“My mum is Indian so would play Indian music rising up, and I’ve all the time danced and carried out each western and jap dances since I used to be a baby.

“So I’ve all the time been surrounded by the 2 cultures however solely critically thought of coming over to Bollywood about two years in the past.”

Dancing because the age of three at Perth’s Jody Marshall Dance Firm, Sarah has pursued a profession as a dancer and actor with vigour in Australia, Hollywood and now Bollywood along with her breakthrough position in a music video known as Piya Aa.

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The prospect got here after a director noticed her in a dance video she’d posted on-line and after a collection of auditions and exams, Sarah was chosen to affix the manufacturing.

The completed product is a swirling dance observe with Sarah main a troupe via fast-paced strikes set to a driving Hindi beat.

“I’m truly lip-syncing within the clip haha. I can sing however in Bollywood you simply mime the lyrics that’s being sung by the singer. On this case the singer was Sunidhi Chauhan,” she stated.

“However I’ve been studying Hindi and needed to put in loads of effort to verify I knew the phrases and the which means of the tune. After I received the lyrics I performed the tune time and again and made certain I understood what I used to be saying so I might categorical it correctly.”

The music clip was launched to assist an upcoming Bollywood film Haseena Parkar, a gangland drama.

Sarah stated the spotlight was studying the quick, complicated dance routine, which known as on her to improvise as nicely.

“After I came upon I received it we began rehearsing the following day. I did about three days of rehearsals that week after which we rehearsed the night time earlier than we shot it.

“They really modified loads of the choreography on the day so the refrain and issues have been the identical however loads of issues we needed to improvise as soon as we received to the set.”

Sarah stated this extra open and artistic course of is an thrilling facet of Bollywood, which permits work to thrive with a mixture of planning and spontaneity.

“They could plan to shoot one thing someday however then one thing occurs they usually need to postpone it for some cause, nevertheless it’s regular right here, whereas in Hollywood I feel much more individuals would discover the sudden adjustments actually worrying,” she stated.

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“I positively did to start with however you be taught that that is the best way it really works right here and that your plans need to be versatile. You all the time need to be prepared since you by no means know what’s going to return up so I like that too because it’s all the time thrilling.”

Sarah’s mum is visiting her in Mumbai, however she’s received no plans to return residence to Perth simply but whereas she knuckles down and auditions for extra roles.

“My subsequent purpose is to get a lead or main performing position in a movie. I’d additionally like to do one other enormous Bollywood dance quantity that reveals off a few of my different dance abilities as nicely!

“It’s been such a loopy journey for me so I’m fortunate I’ve had supportive mother and father all through this loopy trip.

“However mainly I’d advise anybody who needs to observe in my footsteps to by no means cease believing in your self and to go after what you need with out pondering an excessive amount of about the way you’ll get there.

“Simply do what feels best for you and benefit from the experiences alongside the best way.”


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