Kolkata gymnast Manik Paul won the sixth season of "India's Got Talent" show.
Paul, 22, bagged the position after beating five finalists, shadow-artist Prahlad Acharya, Punjabi singers Harmanpreet Kaur and Parry G, Thane-based dance group XIX, Beat Breakers and Maharashtrian talent Yogeshwari Mistry.
Paul, known for his breath-taking aerial acts on the show, said: "India’s Got Talent has made my biggest dream come true. The journey has been an uphill task, but it was this final leg that had me praying for this incredible moment. India’s Got Talent has given me the confidence that what we do is truly entertaining and I cannot wait to take my talent across the globe."
Speaking about the show, Manisha Sharma, programming head of Colors, said, “This year, with India’s Got Talent, our aim was to find unique, new-age talent with the ability to inspire. The feedback that we have received through the weeks is testimony that we have achieved what we set out to do; in fact, it encourages us to strive harder to find the most outstanding talent with the potential to impress the world.”
The sixth season of the Colors reality show was judged by filmmaker Karan Johar, actress-producer Malaika Arora Khan and actress Kirron Kher.
“Being a part of India’s Got Talent is always a great privilege and honour. This season, especially, was outstanding with the kind of talent we have witnessed. I wish they use this platform as a stepping stone to achieve success in their lives,” Johar said.
Summarizing the journey, Kher added, “Every year, I am surprised to see the caliber of excellence that the contestants project. This season, stood out with the sheer variations of talents foraying their way to the spotlight.”
Khan said, “It feels like just yesterday when we kick-started India’s Got Talent and first found ourselves being blown away by the incredible talent. Every talent has been a complete treat to watch and I cannot help but feel a little sad that the show is coming to an end.”