’s phone hasn’t stopped ringing. "I have not slept since last night. We’ve been celebrating and partying... I still can’t believe it’s all over, and I actually made it! The feeling has not sunk in," said a tired Sharma, his voice all groggy but exuding excitement nevertheless, after winning the seventh season of the popular dance reality show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa.
Although a favourite of the judges and audiences ever since the show begun, Sharma insists that his win comes as a surprise. "After Shampa (his choreographer) showed me those lifts and twists on the first day, I thought I’ll be injured in two-three weeks and will have to leave the show," says the 30-year-old, who in fact injured his back in the middle of the season.
Unlike his competitors, Sharma has never had a stint with dance earlier. "I haven’t had any formal training but I guess dance comes naturally to us — people from the north. See, how much we dance at weddings," he jokes, adding that winning however, surely wasn’t a cake walk.
"Dance wise Akshat (Singh) and Shakti (Mohan) were competition and popularity wise Karan (Tacker) was a threat. So, when it was a tie between me and Karan, my heart was in my mouth!" confesses Sharma.
Finally, we prod if he feels that the show has a bias for TV actors, as alleged by evicted contestant Sophie Choudry, and he rubbishes it, saying, "It has nothing to do with TV actors per say but of course they definitely have a leverage due to their popularity, and that’s why popular faces are brought in to the show every season. So, it’s more to do with fan following... Popular artists definitely get more audience votes."