"I am still to get over the 'Jhalak...' experience. As soon as I do, I'll start thinking of my next level. It would have to be a Bollywood career," said Puja Puja, who has done two mythological serials - "Kahaani Hamaaray Mahaabhaarat Ki" and "Devon Ke Dev Mahadev", was apprehensive about doing a reality show.
"I had never agreed to do a reality show before. I only agreed to this show because it gave me a chance to be myself, as opposed to playing a character in my serials." Puja says she has come away with a lot from the "Jhalak..." experience. "I discovered so much about myself. I developed my dancing skills. I always liked dancing. But the show gave me a chance to do some serious dancing," she said. "It also gave me a life-long friend in my choreographer Rajit Dey. He was with me like a shadow all through, constantly prodding and encouraging me. We were so close together for so many weeks that he instinctively knew what I felt and how I wanted to express myself. "When I hurt myself during the dancing, Rajit carried me to the hospital. We've formed a bonding that goes beyond the show. I've left the show with many invaluable gifts."
Puja has her favourite among the three judges - actress Madhuri Dixit, filmmaker Karan Johar and choreographer-filmmaker Remo D'Souza - on the show. "It has to be KJo (Karan Johar). My bonding with him existed from before I did 'Jhalak...' through his cinema. I deeply empathise with his films."