The Ghoomar dance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, which offended certain rogue elements in the country, has been finding fans. A video showing American school students, dancing to Ghoomar during an NBA basketball match in the United States of America had gone viral. And Bhansali can’t stop smiling. “I heard how little children performing the Ghoomar dance at a school in India were stopped. I’d like to tell those disruptive elements that you can’t stop something beautiful from reaching out into the hearts of people across the world.”
The filmmaker’s heart swells with pride to see Ghoomar reaching to the hearts and feet of American kids. “Isn’t Ghoomar a shining example of Make In India policy? Our culture is so rich and varied. Why not take our culture and art forms to the West rather than continuously borrow their lifestyle and culture?” he asks.