On my pinboard: Shantanu Maheshwari

Shantanu Maheshwari

Actor and dancer Shantanu Maheshwari is popular for his appearances in reality shows like ‘Jhalak Dikhla Ja’, ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi’ and ‘ Dil Dosti Dance. Shantanu has also performed at the ‘ World of Dance Championships’ and ‘America’s Got Talent 2016’.

He is currently working on ‘World of Dance (season 2) with his dance team the Desi Hoppers.

Travel

Jodhpur

“I am always in awe of Jodhpur. It’s one of the most vibrant cities that I have visited so far. When I am visiting there, I make sure that I explore the place to the fullest. It has an amazing history and culture to it. The heritage sites and forts are places that I usually never miss. Since I am from Rajasthan, I enjoy gorging on the authentic Rajasthani dishes like ‘Mirch Ke Pakode’ and ‘Dal bati churma’ which are, in fact, delicacies of Jodhpur.”

Inspiration

Palki Malhotra

“The creative director of my very first show ‘Dil Dostii Dance’, Palki Malhotra is my inspiration in many ways.  I am inspired by the level of passion she has for the work she does. Her creativity, ability to understand people in real life and her professionalism is something to emulate. But what really inspires me is her determination to do her best.” 

Food

Pizza

“I am not a very fussy eater and usually prefer going with comfort food. I love pizzas. A good double cheese pizza is what I love digging into. Idli and dosa come second in the order of favourites. These are easy to make and easy to eat as well. The South Indian fare makes for a perfect light meal. I also cannot resist Tandoori Chicken. I can eat this at any time of the day.”

Music

Sonu Nigam

“I am a big fan of Sonu Nigam and Mohammad Rafi. I also like Arijit Singh’s music. A few of my favourite songs by them are ‘Meri Dosti Mera Pyar’, ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ and ‘Dekha Hazaro Dafaa.’  As far as International musicians are concerned Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown are my absolute favourites” 

Author

Abdul Kalam

“Abdul Kalam’s autobiography, ‘Wings of Fire’ is one of my favourites. It’s an inspiring book. Kalam’s quotes and phrases in that are extremely motivating. Some of them are etched in my mind and they help me to pull myself together to the best I can. His life itself is such an inspiration.”

Cinema

Leonardo Di Caprio

“When it comes to actors, Leonardo Di Caprio, undoubtedly tops the list in Hollywood. He is a stellar performer and has a good screen presence. In Bollywood, I love watching Vicky Kaushal. I like how he has portrayed different roles so well. Coming to women, my current favourite is Priyanka Chopra. She has successfully excelled in both Bollywood and Hollywood and has proved her talent. My favourite films include, ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ and ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ which is a classic.” 

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