Manik Paul, who won the "India's Got Talent 6" (IGT 6), has said he would have chosen his rival contestant Yogeshwari Mistry as the winner, given a choice.
"Each one of us deserved to win this trophy. But if I had to choose, I think Yogeshwari should have won," the overwhelmed Arunachal Pradesh youngster told Hindustan Times in an interview.
Paul was announced the winner of "India's Got Talent 6" at the grand finale held on Saturday night, (27 June).
The 22-year-old drove away a Maruti Suzuki Celerio car along with ₹50 lakh in cash, besides the winner's trophy.
Paul, who stays in Kolkata, said that he is on the cusp of realising his dream of living with his mother in their own house.
"I want to buy a house so that I could live with my mother. I have been away from home for about 2 years now which is a long time. Now I want to go back and live with my mom in our own house. I see that dream of mine is going to be fulfilled soon."
In spite of winning the coveted title, Paul was modest and spoke of the camaraderie the contestants shared on the talent show.
"All of us had come so close to each other in the short time that we were together. We decided that none of us will cry when the results are declared."
It should be said here that Yogeshwari Mistry's name was one of the top trends on social media before Paul was announced the winner of the sixth edition of "India's Got Talent 6".
Many television viewers were of the opinion she would be the winner. But Manik Paul, who polled the maximum number of votes from the audience, pipped her to win the Indian reality television series aired on Colors.
On Sunday, an equally-graceful Yogeshwari Mistry took to her Facebook page to congratulate Manik Paul and thanked all those who helped her on the show "India's Got Talent 6".
Here is her Facebook post:
Grandfinale indias got talent!! Congratulations manik paul!!
Just wanted to Thank you all vinay sir,monisha mam,chitra mam, samir sir, uttam sir, Suchi di, nishal Bhaiya, Nitin dada,Tushar sir, punit Bhaiya , falak bhaiya , Himanshu Bhaiya, dhanushka mam,nidhi di,Hitiksha di,both amogh dada, Kunal Dada, Ashish sir,pande ji,anjana di,ridhima di,Shivani di, akshay dada, Abha di, Akanksha di yasmin di,ani many more...... for supporting me!!
It's very memoribal journey of my life....
I'll never forget This people in my life full COLORS TEAM, FREMENTAL MEDIA TEAM .....
enjoyed alot with you all
Thanks all of you for encouraging me and supporting me there when I needed you ....
Again thanks to indias got talent, colors and fremental media for giving me this opportunity....
Thanks alot my all fans for lots of love and likes... Love you all Sorry couldn't win indias got talent 6....