Choreographer Punit Pathak won the 9th season of the action-packed reality show, Khatron Ke Khiladi, on Sunday. Pathak went on to beat finalists Aditya Narayan and Ridhima Pandit to win the title, bagged prize money of Rs 20 Lakh and a brand new Maruti Suzuki Swift.
Punit had previously participated in several dance reality shows, and even on a show that is full of action and dangerous tasks, he impressed all with his strength and consistent performances. Completing all his tasks well in time, he never entered the elimination round. However, the highlight of his performance during the course of the season was when he selflessly performed a stunt for an injured Aditya Narayan to make sure his fellow competitor didn’t worsen his injuries further. Aditya, who had sustained an eye injury during the course of the show, was in danger of getting into the elimination round because of the predicament that he was in. Not wanting his friend to suffer because of an injury, Punit went ahead and performed the stunt on his behalf.
On winning the show, Pathak said, “Nothing ever comes easy. For me, this win was a result of sheer hard work.” Taskmaster Rohit Shetty, said, “Watching all these participants pushing their boundaries has always been an incredible experience and I have witnessed that best in this season of Khatron Ke Khiladi. Punit Pathak has throughout the show been a well deserving winner as he fought all odds and took all the challenges head-on. I am extremely proud of each and every contestant who bravely fought their fears. Together we had a great time and a memorable experience.”
Khatron Ke Khiladi 9 launched in January. The action-packed reality show topped the rating chart for several weeks. Apart from some thrilling tasks, the audience also caught Khiladi Akshay Kumar gracing the finale, seen getting chased by a truck while he attempted to cross burning cars. Judges of Rising Star – Shankar Mahadevan, Neeti Mohan, and Dilijit Dosanjh also made a special appearance and even conducted a live audition.
Hosted by filmmaker Rohit Shetty, Khatron Ke Khiladi is in the ninth season and had 12 contestants — TV actors Bharti Singh, Ridhima Pandit, Haarsh Limbachiyaa, Vikas Gupta, Avika Gor, Zain Imam, Jasmin Bhasin, Aly Goni, former cricketer Sreesanth, Bollywood actor Shamita Shetty, singer-actor Aditya Narayan and choreographer Punit J Pathak. Aditya Narayan made it to the finale and ended up as the runner-up on the show.
Bharti Singh also contributed to the show by her presence. Releasing the contestants of the stress and fear of the tasks In every episode, Bharti upped the entertainment quotient. Her hilarious banter with host Rohit Shetty left everybody in splits.