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Interview with Amazing “Work It” Dancer Indiana Mehta

Interview with Amazing “Work It” Dancer Indiana Mehta

Riddhi Bhattacharya

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I am Riddhi Bhattacharya, a student, freelance blogger and writer and editor at The Teen Pop Magazine. My passion resides in etching down feelings of my heart and notions of my mind – conveying them to the world with my speeches, debates, articles and blog posts. 

Today I am in conversation with young talented dancer Indiana Mehta!

Born in Mumbai, trained in Indian Classical/Folk and Western dance forms (Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop and more) Indiana was the first Indian to graduate from Laine Theatre Arts, UK with a National Diploma in Performing Arts (Level 6). 

Her credits include Netflix, SunLife, Ikea, Bell Canada, Scotia Bank Arena, Rose Theatre Brampton,  Anze Skrube, Dragon Talent Group, Colors TV, BBC India, Sony Music, Dharma productions and more. She has acted in the latest Netflix dance movie, Work It alongside Liza Koshy, Sabrina Carpenter and Jordan Fisher

Interview with Indiana Mehta


Tell us a bit about your background and upbringing.

Born and raised in Mumbai, India I started dancing at the age of 3. I come from a quite simple family. Both my parents have been always supportive in all my life decisions no matter how big or small. I joined Bharatnatyam classes at an incredibly young age and then switched to athletics and roller skating going on to competing for state and national level competitions.

When did you realize you wanted to be a dancer?

As a teenager, I hopped around a lot from skating to athletics to wanting to join the Indian Army. Then I watched the film ‘Chicago’ and it was the song ALL THAT JAZZ, that sparked my interest in Jazz Dance (Back in 2008 which wasn’t very well known in India) and in my search for Jazz Dance Classes in Mumbai, I came across ballet dancer Yana Lewis who’s now my mentor and a great inspiration and supporter of everything I choose to do.

She’s based in Bangalore so I decided to stay there for a month and try Ballet to see if I actually wanted to pursue this full time. And I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE DANCE FORM! I understood that to train in Jazz I’d to strengthen my foundation in Ballet first. Then it went from training in Ballet at The Lewis Foundation of Classical Ballet to Laine Theatre Arts in London, UK.

How supportive were your parents regarding this decision?

I have an amazing relationship with my parents. I was always able to share anything and everything with them. Whether anything about friends, boyfriends, life, relationships, etc. My parents

Did you get trained, if so, In what forms?

I got trained in Bharatanatyam, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Heels and now I am looking to thoroughly train in Hip Hop.

How did you land the role in Work It?

I’d sent a dance video & managed to get shortlisted for a real audition. I was nervous. I was used to rejections, so I went for it anyway. I went full out during my performance & hoped for the best. Towards the end of the audition, Aakomon asked if anyone wanted to showcase any different style of dancing.

I was sure to not be able to match the level of flips, locking, popping & didn’t want to embarrass myself. But later I took my shoes off, jumped right in at the very last moment & impressed the judges with Garba, Bhangra & some Jazz-funk. I got a standing ovation & I later was called in to read for a role. I cleared all rounds; I got the news last May. It was 2 am in India, I woke my parents up & we couldn’t stop crying.

How was the experience working in Work It?

Work It never even felt like work. It was more like hanging out with friends, dancing, chit-chatting and that is how the movie came around lol. We never felt like we were newbies on set. It was a mind-blowing experience to actually witness what goes on Behind The Scenes. The director of the film, Laura was extremely patient and helpful when it came to us delivering our lines. All our co-stars were extremely supportive too. I definitely learned a lot from each and every single cast member and made some awesome friends.

You had a small role of a dance teacher in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. How did you land
that role?

Audition! An audition was announced for the role when I lived in London. I cracked the
audition and landed the role.

How was the experience like working with Ranbir Kapoor, the heartthrob of
Bollywood?

I have worked with Ranbir Kapoor a few times and each time he’s been a gentleman. Extremely helpful and professional.

What challenges did you face during your journey from being an assistant
choreographer to Hollywood?

More thank challenges I missed being on stage, being the performer and that drive made me move miles to pursue what I believe in.

Do you feel like brown people are under-represented in Hollywood and what do you think we can do to change it?

I think we as a brown community need to continue to work towards representation. For
instance, somebody from the Western part of the world going to India to represent their
community in Bollywood. Hollywood has certainly been opening doors to more and more POC.

Rapid Fire:

a. One thing the following people have that you don’t:
i. Sabrina Carpenter – Voice
ii. Liza Koshy – Humour
iii. Jordan Fisher – Music & Piano skills
iv. Ranbir Kapoor – Bollywood
v. Drew Ray Tanner – 6 packs
b. Favourite Male and Female Dancers – Travis Wall & Jade Chynoweth”
c. Biggest Fear – Not able to see my family (They are back in India!) “
d. Your favourite from the sets of Work It – Every single moment but the most favourite was the week we shot the finale dance, we danced in holding area, we played games, we got coffees, we talked, we laughed,
and we cried.
e. A country you’d like to travel to – BRAZIL!

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

It will happen! Don’t settle for small, dream big, think of how you can make a difference in the society and it’s okay to have bad days and negative thoughts but don’t stop your practice.

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As a teenager, I hopped around a lot from skating to athletics to wanting to join the Indian Army. Then I watched the film ‘Chicago’ and it was the song ALL THAT JAZZ, that sparked my interest in Jazz Dance (Back in 2008 which wasn’t very well known in India) and in my search for Jazz Dance Classes in Mumbai, I came across ballet dancer Yana Lewis who’s now my mentor and a great inspiration and supporter of everything I choose to do. Indiana

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As a teenager, I hopped around a lot from skating to athletics to wanting to join the Indian Army. Then I watched the film ‘Chicago’ and it was the song ALL THAT JAZZ, that sparked my interest in Jazz Dance (Back in 2008 which wasn’t very well known in India) and in my search for Jazz Dance Classes in Mumbai, I came across ballet dancer Yana Lewis who’s now my mentor and a great inspiration and supporter of everything I choose to do. Indiana

As a teenager, I hopped around a lot from skating to athletics to wanting to join the Indian Army. Then I watched the film ‘Chicago’ and it was the song ALL THAT JAZZ, that sparked my interest in Jazz Dance (Back in 2008 which wasn’t very well known in India) and in my search for Jazz Dance Classes in Mumbai, I came across ballet dancer Yana Lewis who’s now my mentor and a great inspiration and supporter of everything I choose to do. Indiana

As a teenager, I hopped around a lot from skating to athletics to wanting to join the Indian Army. Then I watched the film ‘Chicago’ and it was the song ALL THAT JAZZ, that sparked my interest in Jazz Dance (Back in 2008 which wasn’t very well known in India) and in my search for Jazz Dance Classes in Mumbai, I came across ballet dancer Yana Lewis who’s now my mentor and a great inspiration and supporter of everything I choose to do. Indiana

As a teenager, I hopped around a lot from skating to athletics to wanting to join the Indian Army. Then I watched the film ‘Chicago’ and it was the song ALL THAT JAZZ, that sparked my interest in Jazz Dance (Back in 2008 which wasn’t very well known in India) and in my search for Jazz Dance Classes in Mumbai, I came across ballet dancer Yana Lewis who’s now my mentor and a great inspiration and supporter of everything I choose to do. Indiana

As a teenager, I hopped around a lot from skating to athletics to wanting to join the Indian Army. Then I watched the film ‘Chicago’ and it was the song ALL THAT JAZZ, that sparked my interest in Jazz Dance (Back in 2008 which wasn’t very well known in India) and in my search for Jazz Dance Classes in Mumbai, I came across ballet dancer Yana Lewis who’s now my mentor and a great inspiration and supporter of everything I choose to do. Indiana

As a teenager, I hopped around a lot from skating to athletics to wanting to join the Indian Army. Then I watched the film ‘Chicago’ and it was the song ALL THAT JAZZ, that sparked my interest in Jazz Dance (Back in 2008 which wasn’t very well known in India) and in my search for Jazz Dance Classes in Mumbai, I came across ballet dancer Yana Lewis who’s now my mentor and a great inspiration and supporter of everything I choose to do. Indiana

As a teenager, I hopped around a lot from skating to athletics to wanting to join the Indian Army. Then I watched the film ‘Chicago’ and it was the song ALL THAT JAZZ, that sparked my interest in Jazz Dance (Back in 2008 which wasn’t very well known in India) and in my search for Jazz Dance Classes in Mumbai, I came across ballet dancer Yana Lewis who’s now my mentor and a great inspiration and supporter of everything I choose to do. Indiana

As a teenager, I hopped around a lot from skating to athletics to wanting to join the Indian Army. Then I watched the film ‘Chicago’ and it was the song ALL THAT JAZZ, that sparked my interest in Jazz Dance (Back in 2008 which wasn’t very well known in India) and in my search for Jazz Dance Classes in Mumbai, I came across ballet dancer Yana Lewis who’s now my mentor and a great inspiration and supporter of everything I choose to do. Indiana

As a teenager, I hopped around a lot from skating to athletics to wanting to join the Indian Army. Then I watched the film ‘Chicago’ and it was the song ALL THAT JAZZ, that sparked my interest in Jazz Dance (Back in 2008 which wasn’t very well known in India) and in my search for Jazz Dance Classes in Mumbai, I came across ballet dancer Yana Lewis who’s now my mentor and a great inspiration and supporter of everything I choose to do. Indiana

As a teenager, I hopped around a lot from skating to athletics to wanting to join the Indian Army. Then I watched the film ‘Chicago’ and it was the song ALL THAT JAZZ, that sparked my interest in Jazz Dance (Back in 2008 which wasn’t very well known in India) and in my search for Jazz Dance Classes in Mumbai, I came across ballet dancer Yana Lewis who’s now my mentor and a great inspiration and supporter of everything I choose to do. Indiana

As a teenager, I hopped around a lot from skating to athletics to wanting to join the Indian Army. Then I watched the film ‘Chicago’ and it was the song ALL THAT JAZZ, that sparked my interest in Jazz Dance (Back in 2008 which wasn’t very well known in India) and in my search for Jazz Dance Classes in Mumbai, I came across ballet dancer Yana Lewis who’s now my mentor and a great inspiration and supporter of everything I choose to do. Indiana

As a teenager, I hopped around a lot from skating to athletics to wanting to join the Indian Army. Then I watched the film ‘Chicago’ and it was the song ALL THAT JAZZ, that sparked my interest in Jazz Dance (Back in 2008 which wasn’t very well known in India) and in my search for Jazz Dance Classes in Mumbai, I came across ballet dancer Yana Lewis who’s now my mentor and a great inspiration and supporter of everything I choose to do. Indiana

As a teenager, I hopped around a lot from skating to athletics to wanting to join the Indian Army. Then I watched the film ‘Chicago’ and it was the song ALL THAT JAZZ, that sparked my interest in Jazz Dance (Back in 2008 which wasn’t very well known in India) and in my search for Jazz Dance Classes in Mumbai, I came across ballet dancer Yana Lewis who’s now my mentor and a great inspiration and supporter of everything I choose to do. Indiana

As a teenager, I hopped around a lot from skating to athletics to wanting to join the Indian Army. Then I watched the film ‘Chicago’ and it was the song ALL THAT JAZZ, that sparked my interest in Jazz Dance (Back in 2008 which wasn’t very well known in India) and in my search for Jazz Dance Classes in Mumbai, I came across ballet dancer Yana Lewis who’s now my mentor and a great inspiration and supporter of everything I choose to do. Indiana

As a teenager, I hopped around a lot from skating to athletics to wanting to join the Indian Army. Then I watched the film ‘Chicago’ and it was the song ALL THAT JAZZ, that sparked my interest in Jazz Dance (Back in 2008 which wasn’t very well known in India) and in my search for Jazz Dance Classes in Mumbai, I came across ballet dancer Yana Lewis who’s now my mentor and a great inspiration and supporter of everything I choose to do. Indiana

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