Call me Dr Dance! Leeds trainee medic is hotfooting it to Bollywood

Hishaam Sheikh, 24, a medical student at Leeds University, is a backing dancer and extra for a host of Bollywood films in his spare time.  Pictures: James Hardisty
Hishaam Sheikh, 24, a medical student at Leeds University, is a backing dancer and extra for a host of Bollywood films in his spare time. Pictures: James Hardisty
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Trainee medic Hishaam Sheikh is hotfooting his way to a second career in Bollywood - as a doctor of dance!

The 24 year old University of Leeds student moonlights as a film extra and dancer, and already has a string of appearances in hit films to his name.

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He recently featured in Shaandaar, a musical romance starring Indian heartthrob Shahid Kapoor, which was filmed in Yorkshire.

Hishaam spent five days filming at Temple Newsam House, and can be seen strutting his stuff in the song ‘Gulaabo’.

Next year, he will be seen in comedy sequel House Full 3, which is set to be released in the summer.

Hishaam grew up watching Bollywood films , the nickname for India’s huge film industry, which is considered the world’s biggest and most prolific.

Hishaam Sheikh, from Meanwood, with Bollywood superstar Shahid Kapoor

Hishaam Sheikh, from Meanwood, with Bollywood superstar Shahid Kapoor

But it was getting involved with his University of Leeds bhangra and Bollywood dance societies that really gave him the performing bug.

He now spends his spare time practicing his moves, and is hoping the calls will keep coming from Bollywood producers.

“I have always been a fan of Bollywood films, but when I got involved with the University dance groups, my passion grew from there,” he said.

“I got the hunger for it after Shaandaar. I spent a day as an extra and five days at Temple Newsam for the songs.

Hishaam with Britain's Got Talent stars Signature

Hishaam with Britain's Got Talent stars Signature

“It was great fun dancing and having costumes fitted, although it was very cold as we filmed at night at Temple Newsam House! Full House 3 was even more fun because it was during the day.

“Now that I have experienced it, I want to do more and will be chasing more roles.”

The 4th year medical student, who lives in Meanwood, joked that if Bollywood ever came calling with a big role, he would “have to think” about putting his medical career on hold.

But for now, he’s happy to showcase his dance talent whenever the opportunity arises and build up his portfolio.

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