TV actors Shaleen Bhanot and Daljeet Kaur, winners of the reality TV show Nach Baliye 4, give credit for their success to their favourite judge, actress Karisma Kapoor, who burst into tears after seeing their flawed performance which in turn motivated them to do better.
“We ended up making our favourite judge cry. It was at that moment that we realised how closely Karisma (Kapoor) was attached to us. When she started crying, we didn't know what to do. After all it was because of something we did and she had actually cried for it. We will always cherish it for life,” Daljeet told IANS by phone from Mumbai.
Karisma cried after Shaleen and Daljeet's roller skates dance on one of the episodes. Their performance was adjudged amateur and not up to the duo's standard by judges Karisma, Arjun Rampal and Farah Khan.
Daljeet agrees that the performance might have been “visually dull”, but says dancing on skates was an achievement for her.
“It was for the first time that I wore skates. A lot of people skate in their childhood, but I had never tried it also and it was the same case with Shaleen. So while dancing with the skates, we couldn't move around much.
“Maybe that's what made the performance visually dull. But for me it was an achievement because even without any experience of skating, I pulled off the act without falling even once on the stage,” said Daljeet.
The actress started her small screen stint with Kulvaddhu and went on to do shows like Chhoona Hai Aasmaan, Santaan and a reality show Saas Vs Bahu. It was on the sets of Kulvaddhu that she met her partner Shaleen and now they have been together for nearly two years.
However, on the initial episodes of Nach Baliye, questions were raised on the authenticity of their relationship.
Explaining the goof-up, Daljeet said: “Actually Shaleen had once said that Daljeet is not my girlfriend. Both of us are basically very conservative. I personally don't like being told that I am somebody's girlfriend. We don't relate to such terminologies. We know we want to be together for the rest of our lives and we don't need any tag for that."
On being asked whether they are ready to take their relationship to the next level by tying the nuptial knot, she said that both of them are too involved with their win and also with their projects.
“We have not really sat down and spoken about anything. The win is still not sinking in,” she said.
The couple is currently rejoicing on winning the Rs.5 million cash and a car that they received as an award for Nach Baliye. Though they have split the cash between them, they have yet to decide who will keep the car.
“The car is for a couple and we are a couple. It doesn't matter who keeps it,” Daljeet said while adding that they are yet to receive the keys to the car.
As of now, their celebrations are to begin by visiting a Gurudwara Tuesday evening followed by a victory bash soon.