Newly married TV stars Himmanshoo Maholtra and Amruta Khanvilkar were today declared as the winning couple of the grand finale of seventh season of celebrity dance reality show “Nach Baliye”.
They beat Nandish Sandhu and wife Rashami Desai, Upen Patel and fiancee Karishma Tanna, and Mayuresh Wadkar and girlfriend Ajisha Shah in the finals.
Nandish-Rashami and Upen-Karishma were declared first and second runner ups respectively.
While the finalists were dressed in black outfits, the three judges – actress Preity Zinta looked gorgeous in a red gown, choreographer Marzi sported a black suit and writer Chetan Bhagat wore a blue bandhgala.
Besides the golden trophy, Himmanshoo, 33, and Amruta, 30, were presented with a car and prize money worth Rs 30 lakh.
“We expected to win but there was no stubbornness… We gave good performances throughout the show. Out of 12 weeks, seven weeks we were top scorers. So expectation was there. A lot of prayers have paid off today. People are so happy with our win,” the couple told reporters after the grand finale.
The winning couple, who tied the knot in January this year, started as underdogs but with their consistent high scoring performances they had judges and fans rooting for them by the end of the show.
“Ritwik (show’s co-host) rightly said it was a close fight among the four couples. I was really scared. I was shivering when the result was being announced,” said Amruta.
The couple said they are happy that people are calling them ‘well deserved’ winners.
“It is a win of reality and honesty. People are telling us we are deserving winners so that makes us very happy. We think, people’s faith in reality shows has increased with our win,” the couple said.
Also present at the finale were other nine eliminated couples.