Bhaichung: No dancing in Reality Shows & occasions

That takes care of the questions that everyone who has seen the agile Baichung Bhutia perform on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3 is thinking about. After months of grueling rehearsals and hard work, it was Bhutia who was finally crowned Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3’s winner last night. And though the footballer is thrilled that his fancy footwork impressed on the dance floor, he’s in no way planning to quit his day job. We caught up with Bhaichung to find out more about his most unexpected accomplishment yet.

How are you feeling?
It really feels very nice to win, at least for a complete non-dancer like me. It’s a very big thing! I am not a good dancer at all.

How has your journey been?
It has been very difficult as well as very exciting. One thing is for sure, it wasn’t easy. On the whole, I would say that I improved a lot throughout, it was just impossible for me to dance before but thanks to Sonia, my choreographer, I performed.

What was it like working with Sonia?
She has really worked very hard for me, to identify my strengths and present them in the routines. She has helped me gain confidence in dance and always brings out the best in me. I was very lucky to have Sonia as my choreographer, she was simply great! Right from the selection of songs to the selection of costumes, she has been brilliant and very helpful with everything.

Were you expecting to win?
Not at all. When I initially joined the show, I thought I’d last for three weeks and then get eliminated. But because of my efforts and the audience, I made it here. I worked very hard and gained tremendous support. My win was 50 percent because of the audience and 50 percent because of my efforts.

Besides you, who was the most deserving contestant to win on the show?
Anyone could have won considering a complete non-dancer like me did! The rest at least knew a little about dance. When I reached the semifinals, I definitely wanted to win the finals and, by God’s grace and the audience’s support, I did.

How would you now rate yourself as a dancer?
Earlier I was a zero, now I am a 5/10. I am still not sure whether I can perform dance forms, except for tapori! That’s the only one I can probably do.

According to you, which was your best performance?
My best performance was the tapori dance in the semifinal round, where I performed on Dil Mein Baji Guitar from Apna Sapna Money Money.

Which was your toughest performance?
That would be my first performance on the title song of Goal. It was so bad that I just wanted to run away and never come back again! I was damn scared.

What have you learnt apart from dance?
I think that if you are participating in a reality show like Jhalak, you need to have a good choreographer…like I had Sonia.

Did you make any friends on the show?
Right from the spot boys to the contestants, everyone was my friend. They have all supported me in their own way and are all really loving and caring people. But I am very bad at keeping in touch so I am not too sure what will happen.

Will we see you participating in dance reality shows in the future too?
A big ‘no no’ to any reality shows now! No reality shows, no dancing for occasions or weddings, nothing at all! I just participated in Jhalak for the experience and I’ve got that. And no Bollywood too!

What are your future projects?
In three weeks, my football season starts so I’ll be looking forward to that.

Report By: Vandana Shukla

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