The grand finale of India’s Got Talent 8 took place last night and magician Javed Khan emerged as the winner. Along with the trophy, he took home the prize money of Rs 25 lakh and Maruti Ertiga. After his win, he revealed that initially, his parents were not in support of his hobby but now seeing them proud is his biggest achievement. Javed defeated music band Live 100 Experience to win the coveted trophy.

On being asked what he would do with the prize money, Javed told HT, “I want to give my parents a better life. I hope I can buy a small house on loan and give some comfort to my parents.”

Talking about his future plans, he stated that he wants to make videos on YouTube. Javed went on to say that magic is taken very seriously in abroad but in India, it is not considered as an art form. He said, “Abroad, it’s seen as an art form and people take it seriously, especially the youngsters, but it’s not considered an art form in India. I have to raise the level of magic in India.”

He revealed that his father is a rickshaw driver and they live in a rented chawl. The struggle motivated him to do better in life. It also served as a motivation for his victory.

While talking about participating in IGT, Javed stated that he watched the show in 2015 and thought that parents of the winner would have been so proud. That was the time he decided to participate and win the trophy.

The show was judged by Malaika Arora, Karan Johar and Kirron Kher. Javed performed some good acts and impressed them. He stated that the trio was very supportive.

India’s Got Talent 8 was hosted by Rithvik Dhanjani and Bharti Singh.