India’s got talent. Eight-year-old Akshat Sharma proved it by appearing on talk-show queen Ellen DeGeneres’ show in the US. This week DeGeneres spotted Akshat on India’s Got Talent and invited him to Los Angeles to be on her show.
The dazed boy left for LA on February 13 and recorded his dance item in front of the highly appreciative American hostess on Valentine’s Day. Still in a state of disbelief, Akshat says, “I don’t know how all this happened. But someone called on my parents’ mobile and asked if I’d like to be on this lady’s show. Bas,aur kya? I left for America ready to dance.”
A Class 3 student from Kolkata, Akshat in all innocence, confesses he had never heard of Ellen DeGeneres. “Maine kabhi unka naam nahin suna tha. But I got to know she’s very big. I was thrilled to be invited on her show. I don’t think anybody from India has ever danced for her.”
Akshat being a diehard Salman Khan did his movements for Ellen. “She loved my dancing. She wanted to know all about Salman Khan and I was happy to tell her. There were lots of Indians in the studio and they were all Salman fans. So I had fun. I ate Mexican food and got to meet nice people.”
The boy from Kolkata, who says he began dancing since he was four, has come back from LA all praise for the no-nonsense Ellen DeGeneres. “She was very nice to me. I was a bit shy to begin with. She told me to call her ‘Ellen’. I was comfortable with her in no time at all. I loved dancing on her show. There were other overweight kids on the show. So I felt at home.”
His first visit abroad Akshat couldn’t get to see anything of the US. “I flew in with my parents.We just shot my dance and came back. But I travelled all over America in my dreams,” says the boy with big dreams.“What do I want to do when I grow up? I want to study hard . I want to dance all my life. I want to be many things. But most of all I want to be intelligent.”
Crazy about Salman
Akshat, who is a huge Salman Khan fan, only dances to songs from the the actor’s films. He first made news two years ago when a video of him dancing at home to Dhinka Chika (Ready) went viral. After thathe was seen in season 5 of India’s Got Talent. This time he grooved to Jalwa (Wanted). The performance became a rage with over a million hits online, which led to an invite to The Ellen Degeneres show.