Saumya Parida

“My father doesn’t understand yet what I am doing here in Bollywood. Once or twice I have shown my selfies with Bollywood stars. But he told “you don’t have a click with Sachin Tendulkar?” couple months before I got a chance to take a click with the great cricketer Sachin Tendulkar in Mehboob studio, Mumbai. I sent that photograph to my father & he was so happy that I can’t even tell. Now only he accepts…yes my son is doing something in Mumbai”, says Bikram, Tiger Shroff’s personal trainer.

Bikram’s life is not less than a Bollywood story. Being from a very poor family one day he shifted from Odisha to Surat to get some work as his maternal aunt was already there. He learnt embroidery work with a hope to earn more money. He was earning Rs. 1300/- per month there.

He used to keep half money for himself and send the other half to his family. One day someone suggested him that he should go to Mumbai. He came to the city with no money and started hunting for a job. This was in 2009. He worked with a Shop for spakes frames coloring in South Mumbai and in Sundays & other holidays worked as a cleaner, used to wash cars to earn a living.

While working as a car cleaner he became friend with a driver. He used to travel to Juhu every Sunday since it used to be his weekly off. When he went to Juhu beach, he saw some kids doing gymnastics. He watched them and began practicing with them. This became a routine for Bikram on Sundays & festival days. He was a fast learner and got very good at it.

“On one such day, Tiger Shroff spotted me. He was preparing for his debut film then. I didn’t have idea that he is the son of Great Bollywood Star Jackie Shroff. When he saw me, he came and practiced with me. After few such sessions, offered me a job as his trainer. Back then, I didn’t know the language and I could hardly communicate. But Tiger understood me. He asked me to shift from South Mumbai to Andheri. He also bought me a phone and a sim card through which we used to communicate.

Since I didn’t know the language, he only used to message me the time at which we had to meet. Slowly, I learnt the language and now I can converse. Then, Tiger taught me how to browse videos on YouTube, through which I learnt many new things”, recalls Bikram.

Bikram is the first boy from his village Antarigam (Gunjam- Odisha) to have travelled abroad. His family & friends are proud of him. He has purchased some land in his village & built a home also. He helped his younger brother to be an MBA. His village is affected by Naxalites and it is under developed. In fact, Antarigam got electricity few years back only. Now Bikram is helping his village to be a developed one.

“I had flair for dance and because of my flexibility; I got a hang of it. I worked on that skill too and soon became very good at it. When I met Sooraj Pancholi via Tiger, he suggested that I would train him in dance. This began the next phase of my career.  I now train Sooraj, Sayesha Sehgal (Dilip Kumar’s niece) and Athiya Shetty. However, for me, Tiger is God. I travel the world with Tiger. I work with Tiger and all his dance numbers. But when Tiger is shooting, I am free. Hence, Tiger suggested that I get my Assistant Choreographer’s card done so that I can assist Ahmed sir. I did it and went on to work with him on ‘Kick’, ‘Phantom’, ‘Hero’, ‘All is Well’ among other movies”, informs Bikram.

Recently he has started his journey as an actor with Bollywood movie ‘Munna Michel’.