Shantanu Maheshwari gets chatty on completing 10 years, Dil Dosti Dance, winning Khatron Ke Khiladi and more [EXCLUSIVE]

Shantanu Maheshwari who is known for playing Swayam in Dil Dosti Dance completed 10 years in the industry on April 11. The ace dancer has also been a part of many dance reality shows and emerged as the winner of Khatron Ke Khiladi season 8. In an exclusive interview with BollywoodLife, Shantanu Maheshwari spoke about his journey in showbiz. He shared, “Words fall short to describe what these 10 years mean to me because there is so much to say, so many people to thank for being with me on this journey, which has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride, but one I have thoroughly enjoyed! I am eternally grateful to each project I was made to be a part of, as the learning I acquired through each of those experiences was immense and what has ideally shaped me to be the person that I am today. The love and admiration that came along from well-wishers and people appreciating my work was what motivated me and kept me going strong through each year, helping me grow, evolve and create new breakthroughs not only nationally but on a global scale with many International competitions and shows.” Also Read – Khatron Ke Khiladi: From Sidharth Shukla to Karishma Tanna – here are the winners of the past 10 seasons

“When I reflect upon all the work that I have done, all the people that I met along the way, many of whom have developed important relations in my life, and importantly all the love that I have received, it still feels surreal to know that these 10 years have given me moments to cherish for a lifetime! I would also like to thank Palki Malhotra, for giving me my very first break in the industry with D3,” he added. We all still remember Swayam Shekhawat from Dil Dosti Dance and it won’t be wrong to say we all still love watching Shantanu in that role. The Khatron Ke Khiladi 8 winner also shared how Swayam and Dil Dosti Dance have been special for him. He said, “I started off my career with D3 and Swayam was the very first character I got to play. Since the show began during my teenage days, there was so much I got to absorb and learn whilst playing Swayam which gave me the chance to explore acting in a deeper sense. Through those 4 years of playing Swayam, there were many characteristics and traits that I took in from Swayam, and added in some of my own into him, so there was a lot that Swayam gave me and I gave the character throughout the show. Also, when I was first offered the show, I was super excited to be a part of it as it was the first ever fiction dance based youth show on television,and coming from a dance background myself, it was an opportunity of a lifetime for me to be a part of D3. Though never did I imagine the show would become one of the most loved youth show’s of our country. For me, D3 is that one project which completely changed my life. Not only did it become the stepping stone for me to to gain recognition in the industry, but it also changed the face of youth shows on television and helped shed light upon the importance of ‘Dance’ in India, which infact helped so many aspiring dancers to recognize their dreams of pursuing dance as more than just a passion. D3 also gave me some of the best and most cherished friendships that will always be closest to my heart. Our entire cast and crew is still very much in touch with each other and we are all great friends even now, and make it a point to meet on special occasions. D3 and my character Swayam will always be an integral part of my life, as being a part of the show and getting to play a character for 4 long years which is still fondly remembered and loved, has truly been a life changing experience for me.” Also Read – Divyanka Tripathi, Devoleena Bhattacharjee and more: Popular TV stars who kickstarted their career with reality shows

“I am definitely rooting for a season 2 of the show, and not just me but the entire cast is rooting for the same! Though for me it is very important for it to happen with the original makers of the show, as it is because of them that the show connected well with the audience, and it would definitely be super fun to work with the entire cast and crew again. With everyone having evolved now as performers,coming together again for D3 would be amazing for all of us! And with so many old and iconic shows being recreated for web nowadays, it would be lovely to see D3 comeback with a brand new season, “Shantanu added. He also spoke about that what he misses about Dil Dosti Dance. He shared, “It’s honestly hard to pinpoint one memory among a whole bunch of them that covered 4 years on the show, so all I can say is that every moment spent on and off screen with our D3 cast and crew was extremely special. The Cinevistaas set was our home, where we all have laughed, cried and experienced the good and bad times together which truly strengthened our bond. We would shoot the entire day, rehearse for our dance sequences post the shoot, eat together, leave together after a late night packup and repeat the same thing the next day. So there’s a lot I miss about the show and those 4 years, but I am glad that everyone associated with it is still very much a part of my life which I am eternally grateful for.” Shantanu hasn’t done a fiction TV show since a long time and he also spoke about what has stopped him from doing so. The Nach Baliye 9 contestant said, “All the makers creating youth shows have unfortunately stopped creating those, so while there have been numerous opportunities of roles and scripts that have come my way in the last few years, none of them have intrigued me like the characters I have portrayed in the past. My project experiences in the last couple of years have also been a great learning ground for me in regards with what I should be a part of and what I should not be a part of, so keeping those in mind I am choosing my work with a lot of thought put into it, and only picking projects that challenge me as an actor and a performer and help me bring something new to the table each time.” Also Read – Shantanu Maheshwari and Desi Hoppers on cloud nine as they find a fan in Josh Killacky [Exclusive]

Shantanu Maheshwari’s Desi Hoppers became the first dance crew in the history to represent India at World of Dance and win it too. Talking about his experience performing at World of Dance, Shantanu said, “Representing the country on such a prestigious platform like World of Dance and performing in front of other prominent crews from around the world was an experience of a lifetime for our entire crew! Getting first hand exposure at a global event of such prominence in our early 20’s was an amazing feat achieved by all of us which helped us grow, learn about the dance culture and industry besides our own, and helped us think big and out of the box with wider perspectives in mind. Bringing home the trophy on the eve of Independance Day in 2015, totally gave a new meaning to our win at the championship, which not only became our own but one on behalf of India, making it an extremely memorable moment for our crew.” Shantanu Maheshwari had won Khatron Ke Khiladi 8 and was fondly called as the ‘Silent Killer’ by host Rohit Shetty. The actor shared some fond memories and spoke about winning the show and his camaraderie with his co-contestants. He shared, “Before the Indian version of Khatron Ke Khiladi began, my brother and I used to regularly watch the International Fear Factor and would always discuss about how the stunts could be performed in a better manner, so when I was actually offered Khatron Ke Khiladi, it was an overwhelming moment for me. The best part about my season was the camaraderie between all of us co-contestants. We all came from different walks of life, so it was great knowing about everyone’s story and understanding them. KKK was also the first time in my life that I was going to be away from my family and friends for a long period of time, so I was skeptical about how it was all going to turn out, but because everyone was extremely warm and sweet, it was great fun bonding with them! The way many of them presented themselves even inspired me to think differently, live in the moment and enjoy it and just be free! So overall being a part of the show, bringing home the trophy and interacting and getting to know so many amazing co contestants, made the entire journey wonderful!”

Shantanu Maheshwari was asked about that one project he has done in these 10 years that has been the highlight of his career. He said, “These 10 years have given me numerous opportunities to experiment with fiction shows, reality shows, web shows, music videos, advertisements and so much more, that naming just one project as a highlight is extremely tough. Every show, be it fiction or reality or web has been a highlight, has been an important part of my career, as each of these projects has helped me grow as a performer in totality and enhanced my knowledge about the industry. All my projects over the years have only helped me raise the bar higher and higher for myself, and explore my versitality as a performer.”

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Natasa Stankovic’s Moschino bag in this loved-up pic with Hardik Pandya is becoming the topic of discussion – here’s why

One of the couples who are getting all our attention is cricketer Hardik Pandya and his fiancee, Natasa Stankovic. They announced that Natasa was expecting a baby. The couple had been dating for almost a year now. Hardik and Natasa made it official when they posted pictures from their Dubai holiday in the New Year. Natasa confirmed that Hardik asked her for marriage and she said yes. Since then, they are painting social media red with their PDA. The news of her pregnancy came as a huge surprise for all cricket fans. Twitter exploded with reactions on how effectively the cricket star performed during the lockdown. Also Read – After Hardik Pandya and Natasa Stankovic announce pregnancy, ex-boyfriend Aly Goni’s comment goes viral

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Now, a picture of the two has surfaced but it is not the couple or their PDA that is grabbing attention. All eyes are on Natasa Stankovic’s expensive Moschino bag. Well, it is hardly as exorbitant as some of the accessories flaunted by the likes of Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma or Kangana Ranaut, it is still an expensive buy. The Moschino bag costs Rs 25,000. We don’t know if Hardik Pandya gifted her the bag or not but it surely a piece one would love to have in the closet. It comes in the classy combo of black and gold with Love written on it. Also Read – Hardik Pandya to be a dad soon…This is how Twitter exploded with reactions on the all-rounder’s ‘performance’

A chic handbag is something every woman loves to own. It kind of reflects her position in life. The couple are dressed in smart casuals in this picture. Hardik Pandya can be seen in a Louis Vuitton tee shirt. He has teamed it with black pants. All our Indian cricket stars have a love for brands. Right from Virat Kohli to KL Rahul, the boys like to be smartly turned out. Natasa’s bag is making us envy, what about you? Also Read – As Hardik Pandya announces that Natasa Stankovic is pregnant, Aly Goni, Shantanu Maheshwari, Sandeepa Dhar congratulate them

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Shantanu Maheshwari spills the beans on return of Dil Dosti Dance on television — read deets

Shantanu Maheshwari was recently in the news for his Nach Baliye 9 stint and also his breakup with Nityami Shirke. Shantanu and Nityami had reached the finals of Nach Baliye 9 and were considered as one of the strongest contestants. However, Nityami was injured and since then their performances were affected. Shantanu Maheshwari was also seen on Dil Dosti Dance (D3) and the show was loved by the youngsters. It was a story of Ray, Kriya, Swayam, Sharon and their entire gang who embark on a fascinating journey filled with dance and romance. Shantanu Maheshwari played the role of Swayam in the show. The show also starred Kunwar Amar, Vrushika Mehta, Shakti Mohan, Sneha Kapoor and others in the show. This show is still remembered by all and Shantanu recently spoke about the return of the show on television. Well, for the unversed, the reboot of the show is currently running on Instagram. Also Read – Shantanu Maheshwari is all praises for his Khatron Ke Khiladi co-contestant Nia Sharma; calls her inspiration

The project head of Dil Dosti Dance, Palki Malhotra, thought of an idea to come up with the show’s reboot on Instagram and the actors Shantanu Maheshwari, Kunwar Amar, Sneha Kapoor and others readily agreed to do it. In an interview with Zoom TV Digital, Shantanu revealed that they wanted to do the reboot earlier but could not do due to the busy schedules. He also said that nobody had thought that it would come back again in this way. He said, “To be honest we hadn’t even thought that D3 would go off-air back then because the show had some amazing potential and so many unexplored areas of diverse content which were still to be brought out. It was always a thought that only if the channel had ever come back to us for a second season there would be a show comeback of some sort.” He was also asked about the response to the reboot. He said, “The response has been quite amazing! I myself never expected there to be such a huge response, to be honest, but its a lovely feeling to see people connect to the show till date.” Also Read – Shantanu Maheshwari-Nityaami Shirke, Shehnaaz Gill-Himanshi Khurana, Asha Negi — here are the TV newsmakers of the week

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Hey guys here is something special from the team… On a song that is special to us… Enjoy P.S.Watch it horizontal for the best view created by @palki.malhotra Edited by @macedon008 @vrushyy @kunwar08 @vrindaa90 @archipratik @amargowda9 @samenthaf @priyankasoni1120 @bboybharatragathi @snehakapoor_ski @vintiidnani @lavin_7513 #d3 #celebratedance #dance #musicvideo #dancevideo #dancing

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After the reboot was on Instagram, he was asked if the show will return on television. He said, “That is something that I can’t really comment on to be honest, as I don’t have much authority to do that. This is a property that belongs to the channel, so they should be asked this question, not us. But for all of us in the cast, D3 was not just a show, it was a bunch of people who were really passionate about the project.”

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Shantanu Maheshwari is all praises for his Khatron Ke Khiladi co-contestant Nia Sharma; calls her inspiration

Naagin 4 actress Nia Sharma is one of the most talented actresses of telly town. She has been loved for her brilliant performances and is also considered as the fashionista of television. The diva had made her debut with Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai and since then it has always been a treat to watch her on-screen. The actress has also been into many reality shows. She had been in Khatron Ke Khiladi 8 and was one of the strongest contestants of the season. She had done all her tasks very well and was almost considered as one of the finalists. She made many friends on the show and one of them was the winner of Khatron Ke Khiladi 8, Shantanu Maheshwari. She and Shantanu bonded well on the show and now, Shantanu Maheshwari took to Instagram to praise his friend, Nia. He penned down a heartfelt note for her and spoke about how she has been inspiring him. He posted a picture with Nia and spoke about his first meeting with Nia Sharma. Also Read – Shantanu Maheshwari-Nityaami Shirke, Shehnaaz Gill-Himanshi Khurana, Asha Negi — here are the TV newsmakers of the week

Shantanu Maheshwari wrote,”Taking this lockdown as an opportunity to appreciate people who were never close to me but yet have inspired me… NIA SHARMA – Her truthful energy inspires me… she is a bottled up volcano, which can either take u down with it or make u see it’s picturesque beauty… but when I first met her I was quick to judge her, thinking Ki yeh thodi si pagli hai for whom discipline comes last… imagine asking an actor from the other unit for his bicycle from the shot, jus coz she FELT LIKE riding it, keeping her unit and my shot on hold… While i obliged, I judged her… i was wrong to misunderstand her childlike enthusiasm… and all that changed during khatro ke khiladi… i saw her real fearless self and thought it’s so easy to misunderstand a fearless person especially if it’s a girl… I cherish my day out with her when we explored the whole of Madrid in less than 24hrs… She does not know that she taught me to be that rebel with a cause… love her clear head with her bindass attitude… she is not those hypocrite actors… jo dil mein hai woh muh pe bolti hai… @niasharma90 you inspire me big time” Also Read – Shantanu Maheshwari lavishes praise on his Special Day co-star Sheeba Chaddha, says, ‘She is extremely caring’ [Exclusive]

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Taking this lockdown as an opportunity to appreciate people who were never close to me but yet have inspired me… NIA SHARMA – Her truthful energy inspires me… she is a bottled up volcano, which can either take u down with it or make u see it’s picturesque beauty… but when I first met her I was quick to judge her, thinking Ki yeh thodi si pagli hai for whom discipline comes last… imagine asking an actor from the other unit for his bicycle from the shot, jus coz she FELT LIKE riding it, keeping her unit and my shot on hold… While i obliged, I judged her… i was wrong to misunderstand her childlike enthusiasm… and all that changed during khatro ke khiladi… i saw her real fearless self and thought it’s so easy to misunderstand a fearless person especially if it’s a girl… I cherish my day out with her when we explored the whole of Madrid in less than 24hrs… She does not know that she taught me to be that rebel with a cause… love her clear head with her bindass attitude… she is not those hypocrite actors… jo dil mein hai woh muh pe bolti hai… @niasharma90 you inspire me big time . #inspiredme

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Recently, Shantanu Maheshwari was in the news as he had confirmed his break up with Nityami Shirke.

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