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Karan Johar set to replace Dharmendra on India's Got Talent?

Prashant Singh, Shalvi Mangaokar , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 21, 2012
First Published: 14:27 IST(21/8/2012) | Last Updated: 19:04 IST(22/8/2012)

Karan Johar may have taken a coffee break as far as his own talk show is concerned, but the filmmaker seems keener than ever to stay on television.

He is already judging the fifth season of the dance reality show, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (JDJ, along with Madhuri Dixit and Remo D’Souza) on Colors. Now, Karan might replace veteran actor Dharmendra on the fourth season of India’s Got Talent (IGT), on the same channel. Malaika Arora Khan has stepped in for actor Sonali Bendre as one of the judges on the show.

“Since Dharamji has opted out of the show, the channel wants a strong, popular personality. Since they already have a great rapport with Karan (thanks to JDJ), the channel heads want him on the show. The talks are in the final stages,” says an insider.

When contacted, Karan confirms that “Colors has approached me for the show.” He adds, “I’m meeting the channel’s representatives on Monday.

So, things will be clear only after that,” he says.

In the past, Karan has hosted the super-successful celebrity chat show, Koffee with Karan, in addition to the 2010 celeb-meets-fan show, Lift Kara De. “For me, TV as a medium will always be special. I love the small screen because I enjoy being in front of the camera. And clearly, all the credit goes to my stint with Koffee With Karan, which I will resume early next year,” adds Karan.

About his present show, Karan says, “I’m happy that people like my debut as a judge on JDJ.” KJo is also busy with the last leg of post-production work on his upcoming film, Student Of The Year. “The other day, I was joking with Farah (Khan) that now, the only thing that’s left for me to do is act with her in a movie. I’m sure someone will offer me that too,” he laughs.

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