Aditya Vinod Patil, age 8, is quite surprised by his triumph in “Dance Deewane Juniors,” and with it, he has realised his grandfather’s wish.
I never imagined that I would win, but I’m glad that I was able to realise my dada ji’s (his paternal grandfather) goal, the man stated.
In the final episode of the inaugural season of the dance reality show, judges Neetu Kapoor and Marzi Pestonji crowned Patil the winner and presented him with the trophy and Rs 20 lakh.
Bollywood superstarÂ Aamir Khan, who appeared on the show to promote his movie, ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’, also praised the winner. Along with Patil, the other finalists on the show were Prateek Kumar Naik and Geet Kaur Bagga.
Patil, who was mentored by choreographer Pratik Utekar, was often praised by the judges for his dance moves and acts.
He recalled the biggest surprise on the show, saying,Â “In one of the episodes, my dada ji was invited and I was not told about this before, so when I saw him I just went close to him and hugged him. That was the most memorable moment for me.”
Utekar, who has trained Patil throughout the thirteen weeks for giving his best and competing with other contestants, said that it was always challenging to teach dance moves to such a small child like Patil.
The show, which premiered on April 23 was judged by Nitu Kapoor, Nora Fatehi and choreographer and dancer Pestonji and hosted by Karan Kundrra.