TV actors have leverage: Ashish Sharma


Mumbai, Sept. 23 -- TV actor Ashish Sharma's phone hasn't stopped ringing, since he was declared the winner of the seventh season of the dance reality show, Jhalak Dikhla Jaa. "I still can't believe it's all over, and I actually made it. The feeling has not sunk in," says Ashish.

Although a favourite of the judges and audience ever since the show began, Ashish insists that his win comes as a surprise. "After Shampa (his choreographer) showed me some 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 actor, who in fact injured his back during the show.

Unlike his competitors, Ashish has never had a stint with dance earlier. "I haven't had any formal training but I guess dance comes naturally to people from the north [of the country]. See, how much we dance at weddings," he jokes, adding that winning, however, wasn't a cakewalk. "Dance wise, Akshat (Singh) and Shakti (Mohan) were competition. Popularity wise, Karan (Tacker) was a threat.

So, when it was a tie between Karan and me, my heart was in my mouth," confesses Ashish. Ask him his take on the speculation about bias towards TV actors, as alleged by earlier 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 artistes definitely get more audience votes."