Actor Gaurav Gera, who entered the reality TV dance show Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa season 9 as Chutki — a character from his popular gags Chutki aur Shopkeepaa — was the first contestant to be evicted from the show on Saturday ( August 13).
Citing a wardrobe malfunction during the performance, Gaurav told IANS: “My foot got entangled with the skirt and throughout the performance, I was conscious of the fact and kept wondering if I should continue or not as I was a sceptic I might fall any minute.” Sharing his experience, he said that for a contestant, the show takes a lot of time.
“It is a good show to be a part of but definitely, as a contestant, it takes a lot of time. In a way my journey is over and I am happy that I had a great time but that’s about it,” Gaurav said. Besides his dance performances, Gaurav also shot videos as chutki with the judges Karan Johar, Jacqueline Fernandez and a host of the Colors TV show, Manish Paul.
“I made some fantastic videos with Jacqueline, Karan and Manish. There were a lot of friends and I made videos with everyone (contestants) so I have my memories forever,” he said. Asked if he had entered the show as Gauarv Gera and not as Chutki, would he have lasted longer?
“No, had I gone as myself I would have been out sooner… After all the show is about dancing. Some are really good in those terms and the judges cannot really look through the fact. There are people who vote in the audience, they can see the performance. Going by that, I thought others are really good and well deserving so it is fair,” Gaurav, who had essayed the role of Nandu in the hit TV show “Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin”, said.
“As Gaurav it wouldn’t have been as much fun, I would have either gone as shopkeepaa or chutki because it would also take my brand further. I want more people to be aware of what I do, I want more people to watch my videos because all my videos are quirky and you tend to like them slowly and steadily… we had plans to bring in Gauarv and shopkeepaa later… but I came out too early as after all it is a dancing show,” he added.
Gaurav said he is working on “some web series, for which talks are on”. Gaurav was the first eviction amongst contestants like Arjun Bijlani, Shakti Arora, Helly Shah, Surveen Chawla, Karishma Tanna, Nora Fatehi, Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi and Sidhant Gupta. Season 9 of the Colors TV show Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa started on July 30.