Heroes of Bollywood: This Boy From Orissa Never Dreamt That He Would Be Dancing With The Stars

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'If you want something you've never had, then you've got to do something you've never done' - This adage stands true for this young gentleman - Vikram Swain, who works as a dance and gymnastic trainer with Tiger Shroff. Vikram's journey which began in a small village in Orissa and continued through dream city Mumbai where he made a name for himself, is not just startling but also inspiring. In a freewheeling chat, Vikram shares his motivational journey with us for our section Heroes of Bollywood. Excerpts:

I belong to a small village called Antarigam in Orissa, whered I lived with my younger brother. When I was 9, I worked in a park, where I was paid Rs. 400 per month. With that money, I used to buy food and milk for my brother, who was only 3 years old. After working there for few years, I went to Surat, to learn embroidery, with a hope that I would earn more money. There, I was earning Rs. 1300. I used to keep half money for myself and send the other half to my hometown where my younger brother lived.

One day when I was working in Surat, someone suggested that I should go to Mumbai. I came to the city with no money and started hunting for a job. This was in 2009. I worked in South Bombay as a cleaner and used to wash cars to earn a living. While working as a car cleaner, I became friends with a driver. He used to travel to Juhu every Sunday since it used to be his weekly off. On Sundays, even I didn't have to wash the car and so I accompanied him.

When I went to Juhu beach, I saw some kids there doing gymnastics. I saw them and began practicing with them. This became my routine and every Sunday and on festival days, I used to go to Juhu Beach and perform gymnastics. I got very good at it and was a fast learner.

On one such day, Tiger Shroff spotted me. He was preparing for his debut film then. When he saw me, he came and practiced with me. After few such sessions, he offered me a job as his trainer. Back then, I didn't know the language and I could hardly communicate. But Tiger understood me. He asked me to shift from South Mumbai to Andheri. He also bought me a phone and a sim card. Through that, we used to communicate. Since I didn't know the language, he only used to message me the time at which we had to meet. Slowly, I learnt the language and now I can converse. Then, Tiger taught me how to browse videos on youtube, through which I learnt many new things. 

I also had a flair for dance and because of my flexibility, I got a good hang of it. I worked on that skill too and soon became very good at it. When I met Sooraj Pancholi via Tiger, he suggested that I train him in dance. This began the next phase of my career. 

I now train Sooraj, Sayesha Sehgal (Dilip Kumar's niece) and Athiya Shetty. However, for me, Tiger is God. He and Sooraj have given me money time and again, which I send home. My younger brother is currently doing his MBA, which is a proud feeling for me. I managed to get my passport and other documents too. Now, I travel the world with Tiger. I am in his team. I work with Tiger on all his dance numbers. But when Tiger is shooting, I am free. Hence, Tiger suggested that I get my Assistant Choreographer's card done so that I can assist Ahmed sir. I did it and went on to work with him on Kick, Phantom, Hero, All is Well among other movies.

I am blessed to be with such nice people. Shaheen Aunty (Sayesha's mother) and Tiger have taken me to the doctors when I had hurt my spine while practicing gymnastics. They are very sweet. In the past, Ganesh Acharya and Shraddha Kapoor have given bytes about me, which makes me feel good. 

I have been sending money home as well. My father is back with the family. I also have a step-mom now. With the money that I have been earning here, I have managed to build my house in the village. I also send money to the orphanage where I was raised. Things are going fine!

Now when I travel the world, my friends from the village, who are with me on social media, message me things like 'Sahi hai yaar... tu toh bada aadmi ban gaya' and all. I am the first boy from my village to have traveled abroad. My family is proud of me. I have purchased some land also in the village. Now my brother is helping the village in its development. My village is affected by Naxalites and it is very under developed. In fact, Antrigam got electricity few years back only. 

Tiger, Sooraj and Shaheen aunty have given me everything - from clothes to mobile to shoes! They are all very good people and I wish to work with them forever.


Wow such a nice article to read.... And I am really impressed with tiger he really looks like a decent guy must be with the upbringing too!!!

Very gud bro,fell's gud,ur hard work,really paid u,all the best for ur future .:)

All the best .. Tiger seems to be a very compassionate person ..

Thats so nice! I really like Tiger. He seems like such a genuine guy.

Nice story. Good luck for future!

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