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'I'm out because I couldn't dance'

TV show CID’s lead actor Daya on his injury, ouster from Jhalak Dikkhla Jaa 4 and more.

tv Updated: Feb 01, 2011 14:20 IST
Rachana Dubey

Last night’s episode of Jhalak Dikkhla Jaa 4 saw the elimination of TV actor Daya. The actor, who plays an investigative officers in CID, says that he wasn't too shocked at the decision made by judges Madhuri Dixit, Remo D'Souza and Malaika Arora Khan.

“I went through the first face-off round and I don't think I performed according to what the judges expected from me. So, I was asked to take a bow, which I did, very gracefully. I'm only feeling bad for my choreographer Vrushali. She had the potential to compete further till the last leg of the show,” he sighs. The actor is back on the sets of CID, which is in its 14th year on air.

Daya has been shooting for the crime-thriller for more than 30 days, non-stop. “We didn't have a single day off. So, after sweating it out on the CID sets in the city for more than 12 hours, I would head to the Jhalak House to rehearse. On many occasions, I didn't get more than two days to put my act together. And with just a couple of hours into rehearsals, I would be performing. If you consider that, then I think I put my best foot forward,” recalls Daya.

Last week, the actor and his choreographer didn’t perform on the show because of his sore back. “If I’m shooting without a break, dancing without any practice or warm up routine, it would take a toll on me. Naturally, my body couldn’t take it beyond a point and I fell really ill,” he explains, while talking about his exit from the show, preceded by low vote count and poor performance in the knock-out round.

Over the last few weeks, several fingers have been pointed at the show’s producers and the channel for favouring certain contestants and throwing out good dancers.

“From the beginning, there were eight dancers and four non-dancers on the show, when it ideally should have been the opposite because it’s a stage for non-dancers. Apart from that imbalance, I have no complains about Jhalak Dhikla Jaa,” says Daya.

Now that he’s back on the sets of his long-running show, CID, which will eventually be turned into a movie, would he perform an item number following his dance-floor experience? “If the script demands, I will,” says Daya, laughing. “I’m an actor and I will do everything that I’m asked to do as senior inspector Daya.”