Disha Patani says Chinese superstar Jackie Chan, with whom she has worked in Kung Fu Yoga, is fond of dancing and he even learnt some moves from her on a song from Bollywood film Bang Bang.
Kung Fu Yoga is an upcoming Indo-Chinese co-production, which also stars Sonu Sood and Amyra Dastur.
Disha, last seen in MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, says working with Chan was a cultural exchange in its true sense as the actor taught her a Chinese song. “I taught him Hindi and he taught me a famous Chinese song. He sung it, he is a very good singer. I taught him ‘Tu Meri’ song from ‘Bang Bang’ and the step also. He danced on it. Because he does action, he has a very good rhythm and is a very good dancer. I think if he comes here you ask him to sing this song,” said Disha.
Disha, 21, calls it a blessing to have worked with the much-loved actor. She says she was totally in awe of Chan, 62. “He is an inspiration. He is amazing. It wasn’t intimidating but I was in the fan zone. First time I met him I couldn’t believe it was him. when he came and talked to me, I was like ‘Oh my God he spoke to me, he knows my name!’ So I was in that fan zone for may be a week or more,” she said.
Whenever the two used to do scenes together, Disha would smile.
He used to ask ‘Disha why are you smiling all the time?” the actor said, adding that getting to do action alongside Chan, one of the most revered action stars across the globe, was overwhelming. “It is very overwhelming for me, the fact that I am doing action with him. He is not the person who would intimidate anyone. He is so friendly, chilled out and takes care of artistes and his team,” she said.
On how she bagged the project, the one-film-old actor says her training in gymnast paid off. “They were looking for someone who can do action. I was already doing gymnastic and kicks for one-and-a-half year. When they were auditioning, I auditioned. They asked if I can do action. I sent them my gymnastic videos and they liked it. We didn’t have so much time to prepare for it. We used to come on set, they used to give us choreography of the action and do it,” she said.
The multi-lingual action-adventure comedy film has been directed by Stanley Tong.