Making people laugh, an eight-year-old Bhagalpur girl became richer by Rs 11 lakh.
Swasti Nitya, better known as Bhagalpur ki Amma (mother of Bhagalpur), clinched the Number One Hasgulla Award in the grand finale of the laughter show for kids, Chhote Miyan Chapter Three, on Colors channel on Sunday night. The prize money was Rs 11 lakh.
On Sunday evening, the town, which has produced a number of talented youngsters over the years, had to hold their breath as the finale started on the channel at 7pm sharp. Swasti gave a bold performance as the mother of a bride and thrilled Bollywood actors Sachin and Mahima Choudhary, who judged the event.
"I was thrilled to see Swasti's performance as a comedian and my stomach is paining till now from the way I laughed during her performance last evening," said Shyamali Sarkar, a homemaker, at Bhagalpur.
"How was it possible for her? She is a dancer and I am thrilled to see her performance as a comedian last evening," Anjali Jha, another homemaker, said.
Back in town from Mumbai on May 23, Swasti on Monday said: "I am thrilled to win the award. My performance was superb. Whatever I do in my life, I try to do it well and with full confidence."
The town residents have decided to give a red carpet welcome to Swasti. "A procession will be taken out at 4.30pm on Monday with Swasti from her Jawaripur house to her maternal uncle's house at Ishak Chowk. Social organisations will organise a felicitation at the local town hall on May 29," said Rajiv, a social worker.
Earlier, Swasti reached the semi-final of Boogie Woogie on Sony TV and the semi-final in choreographer Saroj Khan's Nach Le on NDTV Imagine channel. Khan gave Swasti the Bhagalpur ki Amma nickname.