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Breakdance star Jawad Rajpoot - always on the move

In a film about a dance school - on a public broadcaster - you expect a lot, but breakdancing probably not. But that's exactly what you can see tomorrow at 8:15 p.m. on ARD. Munich's Jawad Rajpoot also plays a role in the comedy “2 Stubborn Heads in Three-Four Time” - he is Carlo, the son of a dance teacher who loves to dance and thus not only stirs up the senior group at a dance school, but also inspires young people.

Rajpoot first went to a dance school when he was eleven, he says. At that time he was given a trial training session for his birthday. It was about hip-hop - it quickly turned out not to be his. He discovered breakdancing three years later, rather by chance, “when I saw a battle at Münchner Freiheit”. He has been with us ever since - and breakdancing is no longer everything. “You can't wear blinkers to get on with dancing,” says Rajpoot. “I think every dance style enriches you in its musicality, coordination and physical freedom. That's why I like to try other dance styles. "

The fact that he is now taking off as an actor is not entirely surprising. Rajpoot has experience in school theater, as a dancer he was seen on stage and in front of the camera from time to time. With Uwe Ochsenknecht and Herbert Knaup, who play the leading roles in the ARD film, he says he had "a lot of fun". He had known the two actors before they were shot, "they're big names too".

Rajpoot started his dance career in 2009, he performs in Germany and internationally and has already worked with celebrities like Detlef D! Soost and Helene Fischer worked. Now that he's got a taste for it, he'd like to continue working as an actor. “I know I can achieve a lot, and most of all I look forward to the challenge of playing difficult roles,” he says. He has always enjoyed telling stories. But: dancing remains important.

Rajpoot's film character Carlo doesn't take school seriously. The man from Munich with Pakistani roots says he can identify with Carlo in many respects, but: “You have to find a balance so that you can practice your hobby and still go to school.” Dancing is “also something for those who love it finds it difficult to fit in with society or thinks he is different from the others, ”he says.

Rajpoot is a teacher himself - a dance teacher, even if he has less time for it because of his acting. He also teaches refugees - a good step towards integration. "Dancing knows no language", says Rajpoot, and therefore offers "the feeling of equality".

Already knew?

Breakdance comes from the streets. The dance form emerged as part of the hip-hop movement among African-American youth in New York in the early 1970s. You can dance to a wide variety of music - pop, funk or hip-hop. In the 1970s and 1980s, breakdancing was seen as an alternative to street gang violence. The dance form requires a lot of discipline and, above all, athletic skills.

Published in the People section