Akshat Singh, the 14-year-old teenager, who won the coveted Golden Buzzer on Colors Infinity’s Britain’s Got Talent, wants to tell the world that being obese shouldn’t stop you from dancing
From participating in the Bengali dance reality show Dance Bangla Dance, to winning hearts with his dance moves on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and India’s Got Talent, Akshat Singh is known for his matchless energy, smooth steps and brilliant expressions. He became an overnight sensation when a video of of him dancing in one of the reality shows went viral on social media. After making everyone fall in love with his moves in India, and proving that size doesn’t matter when it come to dance, 140year-old Akshat wowed the judges at the Britain’s Got Talent auditions and won the Golden Buzzer. Before the judges could vote for the performance with a yes or no. Britain’ Got Talent hosts Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, also known as Ant and Dec, rushed to hit the third Golden Buzzer of the season. The Golden Buzzer is a concept where each judge can press their buzzers only once during the entire season, which sends the contestant straight to the live shows.
Well this isn’t the first time that this kid has been on an international platform. Akshat was also invited by Ellen DeGeneres as a guest on her popular talk show. The dancer also appeared on Steve Harvey’s Little Big Shots in 2017.
Popular for copying Salman Khan’s dance style, Akshat wants to send out the message that “fat people can dance.” “Participating in Britain’s Got Talent was a big thing for me. The judges not only liked my performances but I also won a Golden Buzzer followed by a standing ovation, which means a lot. The whole feeling is very overwhelming. I didn’t expect this at all. I am happy that through my dance I am making my parents and country proud,” says he.
The 10th grader says that getting selected in a show like Britain’s Got Talent, which will start airing on Colors Infinity from June 20, requires a lot of hard work, dedication and discipline. Despite balancing his studies, dance and fitness, Akshat, who is studying at Ryan International School, Kandivali, scored 85 per cent marks in 9th standard exams.
Akshat is a huge fan of Salman Khan. He says that it was the actor’s film Wanted which pushed him towards dance. “I was barely four and whenever the song Jalwa from Wanted played on TV, I would start dancing. In fact I would do Salman’s hook step. When my father saw this, he asked me if I liked to dance and soon he got enrolled me to a dance class,” says Akshat.
Although there is no denying that Akshat is supremely talented, this Mumbai teenager has often been a victim of body shaming. He has been bullied for his weight. “Everyone teased me for being fat and they would often say, ‘You are so fat. How can you dance?’ But I told me father that I can dance and I will show everyone that fat people too can dance,” adds Akshat who is about to make his debut as an actor in the Malayalam film Ayal Njanalla.
Akshat who took part in Britain’s Got Talent with a mission to create a positive impact using dance says, “I feel really happy that others who are overweight too, are coming forward and taking up dance. There are two messages I want to convey— firstly, you should be happy and make others happy. When I make others happy, I get happiness in return. I think dance makes me happy as well as those who see me dance. Secondly, one must not get disheartened by what others say or feel ashamed of one’s body. If you love to dance, no matter what shape or size you are, you should dance. Nothing is impossible in life.”
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Britain’s Got Talent will premier its 13th season (Indian television premier) featuring Akshat Singh from June 20, 9 pm onwards on Colors Infinity.