An Exclusive First look of the COLORS’ Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa Contestants

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COLORS’ redefines dance with the new season of

Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa

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Mumbai, May 27 ‘2013: They’ve got the world at their feet but have they got the nerves of steel to slug it out for dance? The battle ground is set; competition starts from day one… 12 celebrities take up the biggest dance challenge of the season with Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa on COLORS! As they prepare to shed blood, sweat, tears and prove their prowess to the Trinity of Jhalak –Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Karan Johar and Remo D’souza, be prepared to witness an explosive season of the dance and victory unfold. This season is for leaders not followers; it is for fighters not defenders! Get ready to dust off your dancing shoes and be inspired – It’s dancing re-defined on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa starting June 1’2013, every Saturday and Sunday at 9.00 pm, only on COLORS.

Sidharth Shukla with his choreographer SoniaShweta Tiwari with her choreographer SushantShaan with Marisha (3)

From the dance studio to the dance floor, follow the moves of the twelve celebrities as they will be seen surpassing all limitationsand outshining in the new frontiers of dance with some never-seen-before acts. Viewers will see dance spilling outside the studio walls as the contestants will be challenged to portray their true talent in some unusual outdoor locations as well. As the mercury rises, contestants will leave no chance to outdo performances with the use of unconventional props, graphics and animation added with internationally acclaimed video mapping technology etc. The season also introduces innovative concepts from Relay dance to performing with Live DJ Music to shaking a leg with an extra partner in ‘Teen Ka Tadka’.

Shaan with her choreographer Marisha (1)Meghna Malik with her choreographer Savio

Commenting about the launch of the new season, Raj Nayak, CEO – COLORS, said, “We are constantly looking at content that ignites the interest of our viewers with our non-fiction offerings. Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa has been one of our most successful shows and after the grand success of the previous season, we are confident that its return will break all barriers in entertainment, bringing in better content, production and scale. The show depicts dance in its full glory with performers going beyond the usual, giving new dimensions to viewer experience.”

Drashti Dhami with SalmanKaran JoharDrashti Dhami with her choreographer  Salman (2)

Hosting this season are the comic duo – the very quirky and charming, Manish Paul returning for his second innings along with the King of Comedy, Kapil Sharma taking the viewer’s on a high dose of laughter and entertainment. This magnanimous dance-off brings 12 celebrity contestants that include ace singer Shaan with Marischa, Television’s favourite boy – the tall dark and handsome Siddharth Shukla with Sonia Jaffer, Bollywood actress Aarti Chhabria with Corneil Octavia Rodrigues, girl next door Ekta Kaulwith Tushar Kalia, young and vivacious Drashti Dhami with Salman Yousuf Khan, powerhouse performer Eijaz Khan with Mohena Singh, lean-mean machine of Indian television Karanvir Bohra with Sneha Kapoor, ABCD star and Hollywood actress Lauren Gottlieb with Punit Pathak, TV’s method actor Meghna Malik with Savio Barnes, television’s most popular and endearing bahuShweta Tiwari with Sushant Pujari, comedian Suresh Menon with Suchitra Sawant and last but not the least India’s Got Talent winners Sonali and Sumanth.

Ekta Kaul with choreographer TusharAarti Chabria with her choreographer Cornel

Commenting about the launch of the new season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, Manisha Sharma, Weekend Programming Head, COLORS, said, “The last season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa was a huge hit, this season we have further up scaled the show in every way to set a new record in entertainment .We have innovated and customized the format to suit the taste of the viewer. This season, dance has a new meaning, competition starts from day one. Surprising twists, pure dancing and fierce competition will keep the viewers hooked on to this dance field.”

She further adds, “Now with the introduction of the new season, our effort is towards strengthening the weekend band, adding dance reality to the bouquet of comedy, drama and crime thereby completing the programing mix.”

Lauren Gottlieb with her choreographer PunitKaranvir Bohra with his choreographer SnehaIGT Kids Sonali and Sumanth

Throwing challenges in their path are the Trinity of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa – the epitome of grace, beauty and dance, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, the king of entertainment, Karan Johar and Bollywood’s most popular choreographer cum director, Remo D’Souza.

Speaking about their expectations from the new season, the returning judge, the dancing diva, Madhuri Dixit-Nene said, “My criteria to judge each performance will be simple – did I feel for the performance, did I live it? Anyone can dance with their feet, I am looking out for someone who puts their heart and soul into it.”

Karan Johar at the Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa press conference

Adding to this Karan Johar said, “All these contestants have been masters in their own fields but this season we will expect them not only to rise up but shift the bar to a new one. I will judge them basis the entertainment quotient – concept’s and the overall performance.” Adding to this, dancing Guru, Remo D’Souza said, “This season contestants will have to push their maximum potential as we set them up for an intensely competitive dance battle. There will only be one way to survive as a winner and that is through hard-work and perseverance.”

RemoMadhuri Dixit 2

Kick starting the launch episode will be dancing queen Madhuri who will team up with Bollywood sensation Ranbir Kapoor for a stunning performance on their new item number. Next to enthrall viewers will be an entertaining performance by Sushant Singh Rajput and actress Jacqueline Fernandez who will be introducing the 12 celebrity contestants. Dance maestro Remo will also take over the stage for a power packed performance with his troupe and something not to missed will be director Karan Johar’s entertaining act. The launch episode week will also see the three Deols - Sunny, Bobby and Dharmendra shake a leg with the Jhalak contestants adding on to the commencement of the power packed journey of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.

Jhalak Dikhhhla Jaa, the local adaptation of the BBC Worldwide format Strictly Come Dancing, is produced in over 30 countries worldwide including India. Myleeta Aga, the Senior Vice President and General Manager, BBC Worldwide, India and Content Head Asia commented on its new season, “ Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa is one of our prime properties and we have seen the format grow exponentially and attract a pan-Indian viewership. The new season promises to be a bigger canvas with the bar being raised in terms of presentation and concepts. To ensure we match audience preferences, our teams have undertaken rigorous research in finding the best celebrity talent to be showcased in this international phenomenon.”

Karan Johar, Madhuri Dixit and Remo

The new season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa will see Cadbury Bournvita return as the presenting sponsor along with Vaseline as the Powered by sponsor amongst others.

Get ready to be inspired as the contestants up their ante and rise up to the challenge of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa… every Saturdayand Sunday at 9.00 pm only on COLORS!!

 L-R Myleeta Aga, the Senior Vice President and General Manager, BBC Worldwide, India and Content Head Asia, Karan Johar, Madhuri Dixit, Raj Nayak, CEO _ COLORS and Remo DSouza

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