Gurmeet Choudhary wins Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5

The small-screen heartthrob wins the grand finale of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 along with choreographer Shampa

Television actor Gurmeet Choudhary emerged as the winner of the fifth season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. Gurmeet and his partner, choreographer Shampa beat Rashmi Desai and choreographer Rithvik Dhanjani in a fiercely contested finale on Sunday night.

The actor breathed a sigh of relief and was overcome with emotion as he went down on his knees and thanked his fans for voting for him. The judges – Remo Fernandes, Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Karan Johar – were as ecstatic as was Gurmeet’s wife Debina. The actor won Rs 40-lakh as prize money and the bragging rights of having the slickest moves of all contestants this season.

Sridevi, who was on the show to judge the finale and promote her comeback film English Vinglish, gave a memorable performance as she took to stage and danced with Madhuri. The diva too was just as impressed by the young actor as were the three judges.

Gurmeet was overwhelmed with the support he received and said that the show had made a dancer out of him. “Before Jhalak I was only an actor, but now I can proudly say that I am a dancer too,” he said, thanking wife Debina and his fans who he declared were the real winners.