In the third week, it’s boxing champion Akhil Kumar who bowed out of Jhalak Dikkhlaa Jaa 4 on Sony Entertainment. Singer-actor-dentist Meiyang Chang was in the bottom two with him. And since Kumar had lesser votes, he exited the show.
Kumar confirms and says, “I couldn’t get the synchronisation between my dance steps and expressions right because for the last 15 years of my life I have been in the boxing ring and no one in my family, including me, knows how to dance. During the show, there were times when I would remember the steps, but wouldn’t recall the expressions and vice versa. I stayed back three weeks amidst stiff competition.”
However, the ace boxer plans to make one more attempt on the dance floor when the channel and the production company invite him for the wildcard round. “I’ll do my best, not because I want to prove my mettle as a dancer, which I know I’m not, but to participate for my choreographer Sneha who’s a very hardworking and sweet lady, and I don’t want to jeopardise her chances. I’ll give it my best shot and then, if I’m destined, I’ll be back on the show,” asserts Kumar, who feels there was lack of communication between his dance master and him. “She’s a South Indian who knows minimal Hindi and I’m not so conversant in English. So, sometimes I couldn’t even understand what she was trying to teach me.”
When asked which of the four acts of his on the show was the toughest, Kumar picks Mango Dolly: “Lifting Sneha on one shoulder, using her like a gun and dancing in that style looked easy for an on looker, but for me it was very difficult because there was too much coordination required.”
As of now, the ace punch-man is with his family in Patiala and is preparing for an upcoming boxing camp that starts on January 8. “Everyone was nice to me on the sets. They treated me like one among them though I’m not an entertainment celebrity. I’m glad I’m back to the ring. I enjoyed dancing and now, I’ll do what I’m good at,” says Kumar, smiling.
The Olympic champ feels that judges Malaika Arora Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Remo D’Souza were warm and the celebrities he met in the course of the show, including Dharmendra, didn’t carry starry airs.
“Dharamji was especially very sweet. We Jats enjoyed ourselves thoroughly,” says Kumar. “If I come back to the show, I’m sure this time I’ll do better and make Dharamji proud of my dance.”