The talented Jai Kumar Nair ended his pre-finale phase in Zee's Dance India Dance with a memorable performance by enacting the Grandmaster Mithun Da's popular on screen character till date, 'Krishnan Iyer MA', from the movie Agneepath.
Those days, Mithun da used to live in a kind of Paying Guest arrangement in Koliwada where generally the fourth class employees of the BMC used to put up. There one paid Rs.150 to sleep on a single bed and paid Rs. 75 to sleep on the floor. Mithun Da had the floor arrangement and had a Mallu (malyali) roommate who used sleep on the single bed. Unfortunately one night Mithun da was bitten by a huge rat. He bled profusely and as a result could not sleep the whole night. In the morning, when he found that his roommate had left for work, he decided to give some comfort to his battered body and slept on his bed. As luck would have it instead of returning in the evening, this fellow returned within couple of hours! Upon seeing Mithun Da lying on his bed, his rage knew no boundaries. He started abusing Mithun da in his Malyali accented Hindi, "tumhara himmat kaise hua mere bed pe sone ki…tum mere bed ko ganda karega , toh dekhna main loongi uthake tumahara kya haal karega" …… that's how Mithun Da got inspired when he had to emulate the character of Krishnan Iyer M A Nariyal Paani wala….."
Today Mithun Da laughs when he narrates the incident, but the proof of his success lies in the struggles he has seen in his life…
Three cheers to the Grand Master and of course to Jai, whose performance whose performance will be remembered for long..