Bhavin Bhatt (Drama, 2010)
Dancer and actor
Bhavin Bhatt (Drama, 2010) has always had a passion for the performing arts and felt that studying drama at a degree level was a great way to expand his skills.
After reading the DMU prospectus entry for the BA (Honours) Drama Studies course, Bhavin felt that the facilities and range of topics he’d be covering were exactly what he was looking for.
“The course was very enjoyable. One of the great things about studying Drama at DMU is the range of skills you pick up - it’s not just the ‘acting’ part of drama that is taught but also the theory and the many other levels of drama too. DMU also provides a great social life and everyone there is really helpful.”
Since graduating, Bhavin has produced two community dance shows which have incorporated his acting skills with his love of dance. He went on to train with Anand Bhatt at Desi Masti (a Bollywood Dance Academy in Leicester) and nationally renowned classical dancer Aakash Odedra.
At the beginning of 2012 he joined a Bollywood dance troupe in London called Bolly Flex, led by Naz Choudhury and Leena Patel and performed in Dhamaka at the O2 Arena London in April 2012. This year Bhavin will be performing in Bollywood Showstoppers with Bolly Flex at both the LG Arena Birmingham and the O2 Arena London, with Bollywood stars Bipasha Basu, Malaika Arora Khan, Shaan and Atif Aslam.
“The Principal of Desi Masti told me about an audition for a dance part with a London based Bollywood dance troup, Bolly Flex. Unfortunately I was in India and missed the audition, which as you can imagine was very disappointing. The day I landed I received a phone call from the producer saying that he was still looking for male dancers for Dhamaka. Jet-legged, I went along and auditioned and the rest, as they say, is history! A year later, having grown as a dancer with Bolly Flex I am now excited to be returning to the O2 and playing in Birmingham’s largest arena.”
Bhavin feels that the best thing about his job is being able to wake up in the morning looking forward to going into work. He enjoys using his creative side and being able to create art, whether that be in the form of a play, a character or dance routine. Although he enjoys the travelling, meeting new people and collaborating with some great talent, he has overcome many setbacks to get to where he is today.
“I guess the worst feeling is going into an audition knowing the part is perfect for you and being told you haven’t got it. I have been told by many that I haven’t got what it takes and I should be giving up and looking into another career choice, but every time I have proved them wrong. I believe that it doesn’t matter what career you’re in, challenges and setbacks happen for a reason and you become stronger in what you do.”
At the moment Bhavin works as a professional dancer and actor which means that as well as attending rehearsals, he must make sure that he keeps up his training whilst working on various projects.
Bhavin has taken much inspiration from people like Michael Jackson, Johnny Depp and Al Pacino but feels that the course at DMU gave him the foundations to achieve his ambitions and achievements.
“My course enabled me to experiment with my own visions, for example when I produced and directed a play for one of my module assessments. It also gave me an insight into theoretical drama which I have been able to adapt practically in my work. If I had to sum up DMU in one sentence, I would say that it is innovative, forward-thinking, educational and fun.”