Kushal Punjabi eliminated from ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7’

Actor-model Kushal Punjabi is the latest celebrity contestant to get voted out of celebrity dance show, ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa’. His journey in the show was a short period of four weeks only. He was teamed up with choreographer Mohena on the show.

“Frankly, I did not expect it coming. Judges have always praised me and given me great scores so I did not think I would lose so early. In fact, I had prepared my next act, which I feel would have been my best act on the show,” Kushal told PTI after his eviction.

Kushal’s Tiger act did not fetch him much accolades and he was dropped to the bottom. Kushal was defeated by Kiku Sharda Judged by Karan Johar, Madhuri Dixit and Remo D’Souza, Kushal said he shared the best rapport with Remo, as they have worked together earlier on stage performances.

“Remo and I know each other from before and he always encouraged me. I also feel Karan Johar is a fantastic judge, his comments are direct, straight to the point and Madhuri is evergreen, I was overwhelmed to share stage with her and to interact with her,” Kushal said.

Kushal Punjabi is not satisfied with the elimination and voting procedure and feels that there should be more transparency in the elimination process on the show.

"I don't understand, is it a dance-based show or concept-based? I showed pure dance in my act and judges praised me and I was still shown the door. So, I am confused and from dancing perspective, I find it unfair. If I am called a superior then what is the logic behind my defeat?" Kushal told PTI.

The actor is definitely unhappy with his elimination from the show but has no regrets of taking it up.

"It gave me an opportunity to be on stage and practice my hobby so I have no regrets. I am not the one to take this eviction to heart," he said, adding that he is overwhelmed with the love and adulation from his fans on the social media.

Kushal wants dancer Shakti Mohan to win the trophy.

"The format of 'Jhalak...' is the journey of a non-dancer to a dancer so in that respect, I feel Ashish or Mouni will win but going by the dancing skills and their entirety, I feel Shakti is the winner hands down," he said.

He wants to do more TV shows, "I would love to do reality TV more. I am open to small duration shows too. And I am hoping my stint on 'Jhalak...' will help me get noticed and good offers will come my way," he said.

Meanwhile, Kushal Punjabi has written a script with Prakash Jha liked and gave his nod to produce it. "I had written the story for this film with my two friends who have worked on the screenplay.. We went to Prakash Jha and he liked it and decided to produce it. It is about a family and I play one of the leads. It would be up for release by the end of this year," the actor said.

The remaining contestants of ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7’ are Shakti Mohan, Sophie Choudry, Karan Tacker, Malishka, Tara Jean Popowich, Ashish Sharma, Kiku Sharda, Akshat Singh and Mouni Roy.