For many it might be a story from rags to riches, but for Faisal Khan it is all about pure dedication and hardwork. At a tender age of 16, he is already the winner of two of the biggest dance reality shows on Indian television. And that’s not all, he has also fulfilled his parents’ dream of owning a house in Mumbai, this early in life.
If you still think you don’t know much about this child wonder then we are here to help you out.
1. Faisal is the latest winner of Jhalak Dikhlaja Season 8
Faisal is the newest winner of Jhalak Reloaded. The lad has managed to overthrow strong contenders like Sanaya Irani and Shamita Shetty who have always enjoyed a massive fan following, and never saw a dearth of votes on the show. But Faisal, along with his fabulous partner Vaishnavi Patil and choreographer Vivek have defeated all the finalists, and odds to win the title. This is also the first time that a child artist has won a season of Jhalak. Many aren’t surprised as Faisal had already swept the dance floor of the show with his acts and emerged the favourite of not just the audience, but even the judges.
2. Faisal victorious career began with Dance India Dance
Faisal’s path-breaking journey began when he got through the auditions of Dance India Dance Li’l Masters 2 in 2012. He later out-shined the remaining participants to become the winner of the popular dance reality show, which was judged by choreographers Geeta Kapoor, Marzi Pestonji and Terence Lewis.
3. Faisal played Maharana Pratap in the television series
Winning DID soon landed him the lead role of young Maharana Pratap in the showBharat Ka Veer Putra – Maharana Pratap, where he tried a hand at acting, and got much appreciation for taking to stunts and action as part of his role. He has also participated in Dance Ke Superkids, DID Dance Ka Tashan and India’s Best Dramebaaz. Faisal had given a special dance performance in the grand opening ofKaun Banega Crorepati in 2014 as well.
4. Faisal comes from a humble background
Faisal is the son of an auto-rickshaw driver. His family did not own a house, and he used to stay with his grandmother. But with his great dancing skills, he managed to win the DID and buy a 1BHK flat for his parents in Mumbai.
5. Faisal only wanted a bicycle and a video game from his winning booty
When Faisal won the trophy of DID and a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakhs, the dancer only craved a bicycle and a video game from the amount. The rest he gave to his parents.
6. Faisal attended basic dance classes meant for slum kids
With no professional training in dance, Faisal managed to perfect his steps with sheer hardwork. Before coming to limelight, he attended some classes that taught basic dancing steps in Ghatkopar, meant for slum kids.
7. Faisal underwent immense dialect and horse-riding training for playing young Maharana Pratap
Speaking in shuddh Hindi isn’t as easy as it sounds. To get his character right, Faisal took up special diction classes to play a royalty. He even had to learn wrestling and horse riding, for the fight sequences.
8. Faisal knows how to balance his work and studies
His tutor was often seen coming on the sets of Maharana Pratap to teach him. Faisal, who was in class 10th got little time for studies due to his hectic shooting schedule. Because he could only go to school twice a week, he took to academics on the sets itself.
9. Faisal is a hardcore Hrithik Roshan fan
No points for guessing, he idolizes the best dancer in the industry. Faisal, who wants to be a choreographer, aims to make Hrithik dance to his moves, and even open a dance academy some day.
10. Faisal stopped a fan from committing suicide
Sonnal Pardiwala, who claims of contemplating suicide, said she ended up watching few episodes of Maharana Pratap on YouTube and “forgot to commit suicide”. The blogger then went on to write a book on her experience and how Faisal gave her a new life! Faisal was kind enough to give all the support to his unusual fan, and even launched her book.
11. Faisal is the proud recipient of several awards
The dancer-turned-actor has won several Indian Television Academy Awards and Indian Telly Awards for Best Actor and Best Child Actor. And the list only continues to get longer and heavier!
All we can say is Faisal has proved that with a strong will to make it big, anyone can achieve great heights, just like him, who has come a long way. We wish his wings only grow bigger!