Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 5 – Time to meet the Dancing Stars!

It’s time for the celebrities and well-known faces to perform with professional dance partners on a highly competitive stage. This time Colors is back with Season 5 of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. As mentioned in our earlier post “Dhak Dhak Girl is back on television with ‘Jhalak Dikhla Ja’ season 5″  Madhuri Dixit will be one of the judges for this show. So who are the other two judges?  Well, guess what? Karan Johar and Remo D’Souza will be judging the contestants on this dance reality show. So now that you are aware of the 3 judges would you like to know the 14 participants that they will be judging? Are you excited to know all the celebrity participants?

Here are the top 14 contestants for you:

Isha Sharvani: She is a dancer and actress. Well known for her stylistic and difficult dance performances. She has also starred in some Bollywood films such as Kisna: The Warrior Poet, Darwaza Bandh Rakho and Rocky: The Rebel. She does have a strong chance to bag the top position this year, based on her strong command on this art form.

Talat Aziz: We all know him as a very popular ghazal singer and is also known to perform in front of large audiences. But will he be able to charm the audience with his dancing moves? Well only time will tell if he is able to do that.

Bharti Singh: Bharti Singh aka the “Lalli” of Indian television has certainly made an impact and is also all over Comedy Circus. It will be interesting to see her dance to the tunes of the choreographer.

Ravi Kissen:  Popularly known as Ravi Kishan, is an Indian film actor, voice actor and television personality, who works in Hindi cinema and Bhojpuri cinema. In 2006, he participated in Bigg Boss, the Indian version of Big Brother. This show might not be a tough task for him as he has done many films and dancing should come easily to him.

Sanath Jayasuriya:  Is a former Sri Lanka cricketer and was an all-rounder, who had an illustrious international cricket career that spread over two decades. He is also a politician in Sri Lanka. So will he be able to pull it off on this dance arena?

Darsheel Safary: He is best known for his acclaimed portrayal of a dyslexic child in the 2007 film Taare Zameen Par. It must be noted that Darsheel was selected for his debut film from a Shiamak Davar class, so needless to say that the 16 year old will be quite a force to reckon with on the show!

Gurmeet Choudhary: He has made his debut in the 2008 television series Ramayan as Lord Rama and was also know for his role in one of the most successful and popular show on STAR One Geet – Hui Sabse Parayi. Currently he is playing the role of Yash in Punar Vivah on Zee TV. So are you excited to see him put on his dancing shoes!!!

Karan V Grover: He is best known for his portrayal of Arjun Goenka in Saarrthi that aired on STAR Plus, establishing him as a household name. He is also currently working for Rajshri Productions’s show Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli opposite Suhasi Goradia Dhami. Will he be the dark horse?

Meghna Kaur (Gill) Malik : She is a TV and film actress, who is popularly known as the high-handed Ammaji of Na Aana Is Des Laado, a show focusing on female infanticide and other atrocities against women. Will she be able to rock this show with her woman power?

Manish Paul is an Indian television actor who gained recognition after he hosted singing and dance reality. He also hosted Dance India Dance Li’l Masters on Zee TV and he is currently hosting Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar on Zee TV.  Before getting into anchoring, manish paul has acted in many serials like Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi on NDTV Imagine, Zindadil (ZeeNext), SsshhhhPhir Koi Hai on Star One.

Avika Gor: Our very own Anandi. Yes the child actress, famous for playing Anandi in the show Balika Vadhu will also be part of this show. Will this Child Actor be able to win the hearts of the audience with her dancing moves?

Pratyuksha Banerjee: Also know as Sr Anandi. Yes she is the one who had stepped into the shoes of Avika Gor will be seen in this show. Can she beat Jr Anandi? It will be interesting to see the two fight it out on the dancing arena.

Hina Khan : She plays a lead Protagonist role in the Indian TV drama series Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai on Star Plus. No doubt that she has won numerous awards as Favourite Bhabhi, Favourite Patni and Favourite Beti. But will she bag the title of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 5?

And finally we have Giaa Manek, she is currently playing the lead role in Star Plus‘s serial Saathiya. She too is a popular household name, but will she be able to stand out on the dancing arena?

So who do you think has a bright chance to bag the title of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 5? Do let us know your views on these top 14 contestants who will fight it out and take away your hearts with their dance moves. You can also follow us on Twitter (@iDubba) for more updates about this show as and when it occurs.

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“Balika Vadhu” – 1000 episodes and still counting!

July 21, 2008 was the day when Balika Vadhu — Kachchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte had started its journey on Indian Television, Colors Channel. Not many of us would have guessed that it will complete its 1000th episode. The practice of child marriage was the main topic around which the show revolved. And soon it was India’s favorite daily soap. Since its launch in 2008, Anandi has become a household name and looked up at as a catalyst of change. At an early age of 8, Anandi’s innocent smile and simple questions took the whole nation by a storm and soon her life was followed by many.

The show has won many prestigious awards during this amazing journey. It won the Apsara Guild Awards – Best Drama Series (Fiction), 8th, 9th and 11th Indian Telly Awards for the best Child Artist Male and Female, Popular Daily Serial, Best Programme With A Social Message and many more individual awards. If you think the journey was a smooth ride, well you are wrong. Balika Vadhu took centre-stage in national politics when members of Janata Dal (United) raised serious objections to the show’s content and demanded it to be taken off air. They said the serial was glorifying child marriage and the I&B Ministry should ban it. So, to avoid going off air, the show started showing slogans at the end of each episode describing the negative effects of child marriage.

And this became a national discussion because it also highlighted the repercussions of ‘child marriage’ besides touching upon several thought provoking and sensitive issues such as adult literacy and women empowerment. The story did take lots of turns and twists portraying Anandi’s difficult times, Jagya’s betrayal and breakdown of her marriage. But despite all this it was finally time for Anandi to make a new beginning leaving behind the bitter past. The 1000th episode did make the story more interesting when a new man named Shiv (Siddharth Shukla) made an entry in Anandi’s life . The elders in the house thought that it was high time that Anandi moves on in life. Shiv is a well groomed charming young man with an army background. He seems to be an energetic yet impatient, good-looking and a self made man of today.

Only time will tell if this new addition will help the channel to attract more viewers and not to forget the TRP’s 😉 So Stay tuned to iDubba and set a reminder for Balika Vadhu and find out about Anandi’s life as she embarks on a new journey… Do let us know if you liked this new start in Anandi’s life.

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