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Bollywood at the gym: ‘Slumdog’ dance is now a fitness craze

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The high-energy number that takes place at the end of "Slumdog Millionaire" has inspired an interest in learning Bollywood-style dancing, including bhangra. (Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures)

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Sarina Jain says her "Masala Bhangra" dance classes in New York have become popular following the success of "Slumdog Millionaire." (Photo by Marie Claire Andrea for CNS)

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Sarina Jain says her "Masala Bhangra" dance classes in New York have become popular following the success of "Slumdog Millionaire." (Photo by Marie Claire Andrea for CNS)

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Sarina Jain says her "Masala Bhangra" dance classes in New York have become popular following the success of "Slumdog Millionaire." (Photo by Marie Claire Andrea for CNS)

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The popularity of “Slumdog Millionaire” has spurred an interest in bhangra dance classes across the country. The dance, a high-energy traditional Indian dance common in Bollywood films, is taught in classes in gyms and studios, and learning it can burn more that 500 calories in a 45-minute session.


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