posted by Anuja Gondhalekar, last updated on September 15th, 2013 at 12:30 am
After shedding blood, sweat, tears with their spirited and heart wrenching performances for over 16 weeks Drashti Dhami and Salman Yusuf Khan have proved to the Trinity of Jhalak –Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Karan Johar and Remo D’souza and the viewers that they are the winners of the ultimate dance off - Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa 2013. Her never say die attitude, inimitable performances got her a lot of support from her fans and well-wishers that helped her bag the coveted title. Lauren Gottlieb and Sonali Majumdar were the first and second runner-up respectively. The Grand Finale evening was graced by the Greek God of Bollywood - Hrithik Roshan along with Priyanka Chopra. The duo boosted the morale of the finalists who graced the stage one last time to give in their best.
India knew Drashti Dhami as a household name for her incredible acting skills as Madhubala but her challenge was to prove herself as a dancer without any prior professional training. With her choreo-partner Salman’s supportive mentoring, Drashti transformed into one of the most graceful dancers on the Jhalak stage. Drashti has portrayed some breath taking performances from bollywood to hip hop, from semi-classical to international dance forms like Rumba and Paso Doble. A well deserving winner of the trophy, Drashti juggled between shooting for a daily soap and rehearsing for Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. During the course of the show, Drashti did go through some lows but she bounced back as a fighter thanks to the immense love and support she received from the viewers.
Drashti Dhami walked away with her head held high as the winner of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. When asked about the victory, she said, "I find it difficult to believe that I've actually won considering there were such great dancers with me in the competition. But after receiving appreciation from the judges, I was motivated to improve my performances with every passing week. Yes, I did believe my body was giving up in between as it’s not easy to shuffle between two shows but the judges encouraging words were like a morale booster that helped me give my best always. Salman, my choreographer,was very understanding and pushed me to the level that has made me a dancer. Lastly, I will always be grateful to my fans who've always recognized my hard work, and never stopped showing their love through their votes.”
The show’s hosts Kapil and Manish were at their humorous best and were accompanied by Kapil’s newest family aka Ali ‘Dadi’ Asgar and Sunil ‘Gutthi’ The ex-contestants of this season Sana Saeed, Mukti Mohan and Sidharth Shukla also gave an explosive performance on Raghupati Raghav from the movie Krish 3. Not just this, season5 contestants Rashmi Desai and Karan Wahi along with the last year winner Gurmeet Chaudhary showcased some fun-filled performances on the latest hits.
On the occasion of the Super Finale, Manisha Sharma, Weekend Programming Head, COLORS said, “This season we wanted to surprise audiences with pure dancing and fierce competition right from day one. Thanks to the incredible performances by our celebrity talent who dared to go beyond the usual and made Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa a top performer in the weekend and the No.1 dance reality show in India.”