Bhavesh spent almost thirty minutes onstage with Shah Rukh. They performed a popular dance routine from the film Devdas together. Shah Rukh asked if there was anything in particular Bhavesh wanted. TejalÃÂs birthday was coming up so Bhavesh requested that Shah Rukh wish her a Happy Birthday. Bhavesh also got him to sign the map for Kishan, who was sleeping by then. As the grand finale, Shah Rukh gifted Bhavesh with an autographed bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label whiskey and a round-trip ticket to any destination in the world.
Those moments at Gwinnett Center marked Bhavesh. He became ÃÂthe man who danced with Shah Rukh Khan.ÃÂ Bhavesh felt that he had been touched in a special way. ÃÂIt is one of the biggest highlights of my life,ÃÂ Bhavesh said, ÃÂright after the birth of my son and my marriage.ÃÂ
Indians suffer from a particularly virulent case of movie madness. India is the largest film producer in the world, making 800-odd movies a year. Of these, nearly 200 come from Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay. They range from shoddy quickies made on threadbare budgets in twenty days to epics that feature as many stars as costume changes.
In a country mired in poverty, crowds, and oppressive heat, each day some 15 million people troop into over 12,500 cinemas to watch a movie. The demand for tickets outstrips the supply to the point that scalpers, or ÃÂblack marketÃÂ men, are as ubiquitous at theaters as popcorn. They shuffle near the theater entrance, muttering the increased price of the much-wanted ticket. The venue itself can differ dramatically. Large cities such as Mumbai and Delhi have ultra-plush multiplexes where uniformed servers bring caramelized popcorn to velvet seats. Villages make do with stiflingly hot tent cinemas where the audience sits on the floor and the projectionist manually rewinds the film. But the movie will nearly always be the same: an extravaganza of song and dance, in which romance, melodrama, comedy, tragedy, and action are blended, sometimes skillfully and as often clumsily, to create a unique masala mix.