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Audience by their side

Hailed as “a natural dancer” from Day One of Nach Baliye 3, television actress Sanjeeda Sheikh, along with real-life partner Aamir Ali, is now headed for a grand finale showdown with the Rakhi Sawant-Abhishek Avasthi jodi. In between rehearsal sessions for the finals, Sanjeeda spoke to t2

On reaching the finals…

It feels great. All our hard work, all the effort that we put in for months has finally paid off. We now intend to put in our best in the finals.

On whether she had ever dreamt that they would make it to the finals…

To be honest, never (smiles). All through Nach Baliye, Aamir and I have just concentrated on making it to the next round. Jab round one clear ho gaya, toh hum round two ke baare mein sochne lage, and so on. It was only when we got to the later stages of the contest, did we realise that we might have a good chance of making it to the Top 2 or Top 3.

On Aamir being the weaker link in the Aamir-Sanjeeda dance jodi…

Aamir may not be a naturally gifted dancer, but I think he has improved dramatically with each round of Nach Baliye. He has put in a lot of hard work into his performances. He has rehearsed for hours on end just to get one dance step right. Through Nach Baliye I have realised what a dedicated and hardworking person Aamir is. He is a perfectionist.

On which of the eliminated jodis had potential to make it to the finals…

I think that all the jodis had their own strengths and weaknesses, but if Aamir and I, Rakhi and Abhishek are in the finals today, then that shows that we were the most deserving.

On having to face accomplished dancers like Rakhi and Abhishek in the finals…

They are both great dancers. Till now, they haven’t made one wrong move. But neither have we. So let’s see what unfolds in the finals. It should be a keenly contested one.

On the Aamir-Sanjeeda strategy for the finals…

We don’t have any strategy. As I said, we are rehearsing hard and we just plan to go out there and give it our best shot.

On the audience consistently rooting for them…

The audience has been behind us right from Day One. Wherever we have gone during the course of Nach Baliye, people have come up to us and told us how much they like us as a pair and how much they enjoy seeing us dance. Both Aamir and I are very grateful for all the love and affection that the audience has showered upon us.

On whether Nach Baliye has helped Aamir-Sanjeeda in their real life relationship…

Absolutely (smiles). Being so close together for months has made us very comfortable with each other. We now know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. We have also become extremely sensitive to each other’s needs.

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