Mumbai: Now that she has lost the top spot on Sony TV's popular dance show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, small screen actor Shveta Salve seems to be inviting a lot of ire.
In the grand finale of the show, fellow-contestant Pooja Bedi is reported as saying the other finalist, Mona Singh, deserved to win because she's a better human being.
Shveta is genuinely hurt by Pooja’s comments and said, “I have been very nice to all the contestants. If some of them got eliminated, is it my fault? I don't know why Pooja Bedi should make such a comment. I didn't know her before the show. And she was there for a very brief time. I've nothing against Pooja. Honestly it's hard to believe Pooja or Rati Agnihotriji would speak that way about me. I don't even know them," Shveta said.
"I became very close to Ajay Jadeja and Mahesh Manjrekar during the show. They know me so they can comment. But others? I'm a little shocked. But it's okay, everyone is entitled to an opinion,” Shveta added while braking down.
Shveta asked why she has to keep proving herself. “I don't know why I'm being subjected to all this filmigiri. I'm a simple honest Marathi girl. Why was everyone against me? Such negative and untrue writing about me has really affected me when I was just one step away from winning. They pitched me against the other finalist Mona Singh, as if we were children”.
Another accusation being hurled at Shveta is that she was a trained dancer and therefore not qualified to be on Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa.
She sighed and sobbed, "Is it my fault if I dance well? Was I supposed to under-dance just to prove I'm untrained? Even (judge) Mr Sanjay Leela Bhansali said that my kind of dancing can't be cultivated. One is born with it. Just because I dance well, it doesn't mean I'm trained”.
She argued saying, Jhalak Dikkhla Jaa is a BBC show. "Do you think such a prestigious channel or Sony Entertainment would risk their reputation by allowing a contestant to break a rule? Why would they allow me to get away with such duplicity?"
Shveta is now apprehensive of the future. "I've worked so hard with my choreographer Longi for three months. They wrote that I didn't want to part with Rs 2,00,000 of the purported prize money for Longi. Am I such a petty person? Twenty per cent of the prize money goes to the choreographer. Longi and I knew each other from before. But after this show, Longi, his wife Shabana and I have become like family. I know what Longi has done for me. And how much he means to me."
As for Shveta's fellow-finalist Mona, she said, "I have no issues with Mona, absolutely none. We worked together in Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin. We were absolutely fine with one another. And now we worked together again in Jhalak Dikhla Jaa. It was a very professional relationship. There was no point in trying to pitch us against each other. We're not kids to squabble".
"In fact, I admire Mona for the headway she has made in such a short span of time. I haven't been able to make the same progress in six-seven years on television," she added.