What do you need to make it big in a city that never sleeps?
The answer lies in the ability to see dreams. Meet Vikram Swain – dance and gymnastic trainer of Tiger Shroff.
Born in a small village called Antarigam in Orissa he lived in an orphanage with his younger brother. For his education and upbringing, he picked up odd jobs like working in a park and then shifted to Surat – where he worked for a meagre salary of INR 1300. It primarily went into the upbringing of his younger brother. After a friends suggestion to shift to Bombay for a better livelihood and earnings, he packed his belongings and headed there.
Who knew this decision would change his life?
In 2009, while on a trip to Juhu beach, he saw some kids there doing gymnastics and it immediately caught his attention. Like a moth attracted to flame, he took to gymnastics and slowly started practicing to hone his skills.
From a hobby to a routine which he indulged in passionately every Sundays – he became faster and better.
As luck would have it, Tiger Shroff spotted him during his preparation for his debut film. He started practicing with him and offered him a job as his trainer after few sessions. Slowly learning Internet and accessing videos on youtube opened up another world for him – dancing.
He now trains bollywood newbies like Sooraj, Sayesha Sehgal (Dilip Kumar’s niece) and Athiya Shetty. With his talent and a strong support system of Bollywood, he was able to get his younger brother to do his MBA. He also recently got his choreographer’s card and is now assisting acclaimed director Ahmed Khan. He then went on to work with him on Kick, Phantom, Hero, All is Well among other movies.
However this is not just the end of the road from him – coming from such hardships, he wants to give back to his homeland. Inspired by him, his younger brother has also taken up development work in the Naxalite affected village.
His journey from an orphanage to being the go-to person for gymnastics for the tinsel town, it’s all like a dream come true.
Like they say ‘There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to success – not going all the way, and not starting.’
Vikram Swain, we are sure is just getting started.