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No more dancing for me: Bhutia

delhi Updated: Jun 01, 2009 16:15 IST
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He danced away with the winner's trophy at reality show 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa' with the same ease with which he has been poaching goals for the past 16 years but Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia doesn't want to put on the dancing shoes again.

Bhutia along with his choreographer Sonia picked up Rs 40 lakh in winner's prize purse.

"Winning the contest was nice. I am very happy about it, but no more dancing for me," Bhutia told PTI. "I am not a dancer and I am happy it is over," said the India football team skipper.

Bhutia and Sonia will share Rs 20 lakh each and the skipper has already pledged Rs 1.5 lakh to the West Bengal Chief Minister's Relief Fund for those affected in the recent cyclone.

Indian football's most bankable star feels dancing helps a lot in the game.

"Dancing is a lot about co-ordination and it helps in playing football. But I don't have any regret that I didn't take it up earlier," said the Padma Shree winner.

He became the first Indian player post Independence to play professional football in England for Bury FC, played in an international all-star cast team for Goal4Africa Project and made plenty of news worldwide when he decided not to take part in the Beijing Olympic torch run as a mark of protest against China's occupation of Tibet.