The overnight internet sensation, Sanjeev Srivastava, who has stormed the social media after his dancing videos from a wedding went viral, is a die-hard fan of yesteryear’s actor Govinda.
In the video, Srivastava, who has been rechristened by netizens as ‘Dancing Uncle’, could be seen dancing to Govinda’s chartbuster song– “Aap Ke Aa Jane Se” from the 1987 movie Khudgarz.
Talking to ANI, a very elated Srivastava shared his amazement on the sudden fame.
The middle-aged dancing uncle said, ‘This is an unreal feeling. I can’t believe my dance video has gone viral. I thank everyone for the love and support. I have been dancing since 1982 and my idol is Govinda ji. Now I hope to get more opportunities.’
‘It is a big thing for me that so many people have liked me, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart. I am extremely happy that people like Raveena Tandon, our chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan have liked my dance. I have learnt to dance from my mother and Govinda is my role model.’
Srivastava has garnered so much popularity that Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan took to Twitter to praise Srivastava’s electric performance. The chief minister said, ‘Professor Shri Sanjeev Shrivastav ji, who has been working in Bhopal, has created massive sensation over the internet in the whole of India. Believe it or not, there is something special in the water of Madhya Pradesh.’
Check out another video of dancing uncle:
Dancing Uncle has been unleashed. India's got talent. pic.twitter.com/kco5cwTLJs
— Gautam Trivedi (@KaptanHindustan) June 2, 2018
Sanjay Shukla who is an assistant professor at Bhabha Engineering Research Institute confirmed that the man in the video is a professor at the institute and has been working there for almost eight years.
He said the viral video of him was shot at a relative’s wedding in Gwalior, adding that Shrivastava often takes to the stage at college functions.
Shrivastava, who has been compared to Bollywood actor and dance legend, Govinda is seen dancing to a song called ‘May se Meena se na Saaaqi se’ from the 1987 movie ‘Khudgarz’, starring actors Govinda and Neelam. The woman dancing alongside him is his wife Anjali.
I have been dancing since 1982. Dance is a god-gifted talent in me. I was inspired by my mother Mohini Devi Shrivastava who has been a classical dancer. I have not got any formal training. I won Madhya Pradesh’s best dancer award three times in the eighties in competitions held in Bhopal.Sanjeev Shrivastava told Hindustan Times.
People have appreciated and praised Shrivastava, calling him “dancing uncle” and praising him for his zealous performance.
Twitter user Gautam Trivedi’s post on Shrivastava’s Govinda dance got more than 5,000 retweets and it has been ‘liked’ by more than 10,000 people.
Best wedding performance selected by UNESCO pic.twitter.com/XPmLbmRKld
— Gautam Trivedi (@KaptanHindustan) May 30, 2018
One user also declared Shrivastava as the special winner of the #FitnessChallenge thrown by Minister of State Youth Affairs & Sports, Rajyavardhan Rathore.
This one got a huge smile on my face… Dance with no inhibitions… Reminded of the Govinda we loved. More power to you uncle. This has to be a special winner in the #FitnessChallenge @Ra_THORe pic.twitter.com/ruIEVk949A
— Rishi Darda (@rishidarda) May 31, 2018
If you still haven’t watched the video, leave whatever you’re doing and watch it right now!