Dancer turned actor Punit J Pathak has won millions of hearts with his outstanding acting talent as well as dancing talent in ABCD and ABCD 2. Punit has never failed to impress the audience whenever he is on screen. He also won numerous accolades for his dancing skills in three back to back seasons of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa when he participated with Shibani Dandekar, Lauren Gottlieb and Mouni Roy.Of course now he dreams to be a director like his predecessors Ganesh Acharya, Remo Fernandez, Farah Khan and Ahmed Khan.
And now the tables are turning as for the first time a contestant from the same stage is graduating to becoming a judge! Punit had once started his career on the DID stage as a contestant and now will be judging the upcoming season of the same show along with Gaiti Siddiqui and Mudassar Khan. Telly Buzz quizzes the choreographer cum actor on his feelings on his debut as a judge!
How are you feeling now that you are a judge of the same with which you had started your career as a contestant?
DID has given me name, fame and everything! I have learnt the 'D' of dance from this show. I had entered the show as a contestant in the second season and I became a choreographer in third and fourth season and now in fifth season I am judge. It's like a dream come true! I was speechless when I was offered to judge DID season 5. A person who is a dance lover and follows dancing shows religiously, for him to judge a dancing show is a huge deal.
You were trained by Terence Lewis in season 2 of Jhalak, now you are in their shoes. Does the responsibility scare you?
Terence Sir, Remo Sir and Geeta Mam – are great masters but they've grown and gone beyond that. Everyone grows to prove their potential, I am grateful to Dance India Dance and Zee TV 'coz they believe I have the potential to be a master this year. It is very difficult and a huge responsibility to step into their shoes. But I accept the challenge and I hope I make them proud.
How was your acting experience?
It was fabulous! Honestly I am very camera shy! When I am with familiar people, I talk to them normally without bothering about the camera rolling. But if I am actually asked to stand and act, I fail to do it. Yet the entire experience for shooting for ABCD 1 and ABCD 2 right from the acting to the dancing, has been amazing. I have loved every bit of it. Hence, I would love to continuing acting in the future.
Your movie ABCD 2 is a worldwide success. How does that make you feel?
I am elated and on seventh heaven. I feel lucky to be a part of such a project which has become the biggest opening of 2015. I hope it becomes a part of the Rs 100 crore club as well. For me last week was ABCD 2's release and this week is Dance India Dance 5's release – it just can't get better than this.
What are your future plans?
I would like to go with the flow, what every will come on my way, I will take it and will try to give my 100 percent.
You are not part of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa this season, but will you be watching it?
I would definitely love to catch it once it goes on air. Not only that, I also want to watch Remo sir's Dance Plus. It's strange 'coz I was offered all the three shows.