Star Plus' popular dance reality show Nach Baliye 5 is moving towards its final stage. Giving a tough competition to the other contestants, the Jodi of Neelu and Arvind has successfully won the hearts of the audience including the judges. Entering the last stage of the competition, they have enjoyed the love and appreciation from the audience too. Tellybuzz spoke to Neelu Vaghela to know more about her journey of Nach Baliye. Let's see what she has to share with us…
Nach Baliye is reaching its final stage. How has the journey been so far?
We are very excited and the journey of Nach Baliye 5 has been very good. In fact it is a dream come true for me. Arvindji and me were very excited in the beginning of the show and gradually we started moving forward in the competition after crossing all the hurdles. I have never expected this journey to be full of difficulties and that too when we have to try out different acts. Doing two shows together is very tough. I have to shoot for 14 hours and then rest for 4-5 hours. I have to be at the rehearsals by 10.30 pm and dance till 3 in the morning. After that I go home and wake up at 7.00 am and rush to the sets by 8 or 9 am.
I didn't expect this journey to be like this. I have my scenes in Diya Aur Baati Hum everyday and I was advised by the doctor to take rest after the swelling in my legs but I said if I have taken this up then I have to do justice with it. Me and Arvindji get a lot of time to spend together. All the things that have never happened in the past few years have happened now. In fact we had a memorable Valentine's Day celebration. We used to forget all the pain. He cares a lot of me. There is a saying that if one has to walk on the road of hurdles, the journey becomes easy with the support of his/her partner. Taking part in a dance reality show was a first time experience for me but it was very good. People believed and supported me and that is what took me to this level. It is all because of the love of the audience and the blessings of God.
How are you managing your personal and professional life altogether?
Honestly speaking, I do not get time for my personal life. When I reach home, my children are already in bed and when I have to leave, they are sleeping. I only meet my son because he used to wake up at 6:30 in the morning. My children are so sweet that they have supported me always and motivated me too. Once my daughter fell ill and she used to call me and convince me that she is fine and I must concentrate on my work. Getting such tremendous support from my family, production houses, fans and everyone else motivated me to go ahead with this. I have to do it for the smile I see on my children's face after each episode. I have always received comments from my kids and the fans and it feels simply amazing.
How supportive has Arvind ji been throughout the journey?
He has been 100% supportive. He would come to the sets of Diya Aur Baati Hum and rehearse with me when I would get a break. He was not even required to come there but he still did. He motivates me to give my best in Nach Baliye. Every time we tried doing different things, it came as a challenge for me. My children and my husband have supported me always whenever I even thought it was getting tough.
What has been the most memorable performance so far?
There have been many such performances. If I had to mention a few of them then it would be the Lavni act, the Govinda act of Sarkaai Lo Khatiyaa, and the act in which I played the avatar of all the 9 Devis. Shilpa Shetty, Deepika Padukone, and Akshay Kumar said that they got goosebumps during the performance since they felt as if a real Devi was on stage. That was a big compliment for me. We also got good complements for our Charlie act. So, being a non-professional dancer, such compliments makes us feel great.
Did you expected to reach at this stage of the competition?
Honestly, I didn't ever expect but the love of the audience, the support of my family and Shashi & Sumeetji along with the entire production house, channel has all taken us to this level. I am so thankful to them for making my dream come true.
What was the best compliment you have ever received so far?
Terence sir once said, "You have never gone off-beat from the very beginning till now". Another good compliment I received from Sajid sir was, "You are the heartbeat of Nach Baliye." It's a great compliment for us. Shilpa ma'am told us, "You perform with full expressions and gestures and this can be seen in every act". We have got good comments every week and it feels great.
How does it feel to be appreciated by the judges and the audience?It feels very good. I hail from Rajasthan and I think I have come a long way. Love from the audience is just like blessings from God. In fact even school children recognize me as Bhabo of Nach Baliye, they wish me all the best and tell me that they vote for us. This makes me feel extremely happy.
All the contestants have given me too much of love and support every time. I have never entered the show to compete with any of them. I joined the competition with my partner and I had this competition with him only. I used to tell him 'Naach Baliye main dekhti hun, aap kitna achcha nachte ho' and vice versa.
Thanks to all of you for the love and support that you have showered on me. If you trust us then please give us your love and support and let my dream come true.