'I don't believe in going with a plan'

'I don't believe in going with a plan'

Actor, dancer and choreographer Shantanu Maheshwari couldn't believe it when he was declared the winner of 'Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 8'.

He feels his stint in this reality show has not only made him a stronger person but also given him a chance to experience and attempt things that he never thought he could do.

The show literally opened his eyes to a whole new world. In an interview with Nina C George, Shantanu shares his experience and talks about his future plans as a dancer.  

Did you ever think that you would win like 'Khatron Ke...'?

I just wanted to give my best to whatever task that was given to me. Winning the title was the last thing on my mind. But I am glad that I got the opportunity to challenge myself.

Did the show help you overcome any fear?

I had a fear of heights. But when I continuously did tasks that involved climbing heights and jumping from high places, I slowly but steadily managed to overcome my fear. I realised that fear is just a liar that stops you from doing something.  

Did you ever feel like leaving halfway?

Never. I enjoyed every moment on the sets.

Your favourites tasks on the show...

I loved the water activities, including deep sea diving.

Coming to dance, what is your group's signature style?  

My group 'Desi Hoppers' mixes street dance with animation or even studio dance. While, jazz and ballet come from dance studios, hiphop originated from the streets. We blend both. We are also known for our animated presentations.

Is there anything that you want to unlearn when it comes to dance?

I am who I am because of what I have learnt. There is really nothing that I want to unlearn.

One dancer you want to dance with...

Prabhu Deva.

What is it about him that you like?  

He has an original style, is humble and carries himself very well.

What do you do in your spare time?

I love exploring new cultures and meeting people.

Where do see yourself a few years from now?

I don't believe in going with a plan. But I want to be in the industry and keep creating new dance moves that define me.

Your advice to young dancers...

Have your own style. Be open to learning and always take criticism in your stride.

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