Actor Anil Kapoor, who is currently busy promoting his forthcoming film Fanney Khan recently said that he started his career as a background dancer. Recalling his struggling days, the actor got nostalgic and made this statement while interacting with the media on the sets of a reality show Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani 2 along with Mika Singh, Badshah and Sunidhi Chauhan on Monday. “Not many people know that I started my career as background dancer in 1979-80,” Anil told the media.

Anil’s acting career started with the 1983 film Woh Saat Din after appearing in many Hindi, Telugu and Kannada films playing small roles. Talking more about the days, he said, “I completed my acting course but I wasn’t able to get any work so, there was a show which was going abroad. In that show, there was Zarina Wahab ji, Padmini Kapila, Hemant Kumar saab and Nutan ji. When they were ready to go that time, they needed some background dancers so, I went there as a back ground dancer and I think, I used to get 15 pounds for one show at that time.” Thanking all the personalities who gave him a chance to work in the shows the actor added, “I am thankful to all of them who gave me opportunity to work in those shows”.

There are many celebrities who started their career as background dancers and are now big names like Shahid Kapoor, Dia MirzaSushant Singh Rajput and the list goes on. At the end of the day, your work category does not matter as long as you are satisfied and ready to put in all your hard work. Talking about the same, Anil said, “I think, even if you are a background dancer or doing your thing in corner, if you work hard and if you are talented enough then people do recognize your effort”.

Singer Sunidhi Chauhan then talked about her experience working with Fanney Khan’s team and said, “I am very proud that I am part of ‘Fanney Khan’ and when I saw Anil sir in the trailer of the film wearing a simple shirt and playing a trumpet on a roof, it was such a beautiful visual for me.” Looking forward to watching the film, Sunidhi added, “It’s a beautiful story of a father and a daughter who supports her in her life and career so, the curiosity about the film has increased and I can’t wait to watch the film”.

Directed by Atul Manjrekar, Fanney Khan is a musical comedy and is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Anil Kapoor, P.S. Bharathi, Rajiv Tandon, Krishan Kumar, Kussum Arora & Nishant Pitti.  It features Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Rajkummar Rao in the lead roles. It is an official remake of the Belgian film Everybody’s Famous!. The film is scheduled for a worldwide release on August 3.

(With inputs from IANS)