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Rekha to judge dance show Nach Baliye?

Kavita Awaasthi, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, October 26, 2012
First Published: 11:13 IST(26/10/2012) | Last Updated: 11:25 IST(26/10/2012)

Following the footsteps of Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit, the eternal diva Rekha too might soon make her foray into television. The actor has been approached to judge Star Plus’s upcoming dance reality show, Nach Baliye.

As the show will air on the channel after a hiatus of four years, the makers don’t want to leave any stone unturned. This year’s edition will be bigger and more glamourous than before. The contestants will be a mix from the television world, films and other fields.

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Bollywood actress Rekha
So having Rekha on the panel will take the show to a new level. Industry sources claim that Rekha was earlier approached for Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and some other shows, but always politely declined. However, the chances of her agreeing to be part of Nach Baliye are stronger. Years ago, Amitabh Bachchan had started his TV career with Star Plus when it wasn’t cool for film stars to be on TV. But the channel had managed to convince him to come onboard.

Sources claim the channel will convince Rekha as well, who will be the biggest star on the show, unlike in Jhalak, where she would have had to share the limelight with Madhuri Dixit. Her love for dance is another reason that she might agree to do the show, apart from the whopping amount she might be given to sweeten the pot. When contacted, the channel spokesperson replied, “It’s too early to talk about the show.”

Others in contention
Director Farhan Akhtar and the recently-married Riteish and Genelia Deshmukh have also been approached to judge the show. Farhan was a part of the show in the first season (2005) and was very popular on the tube. Choreographer Ganesh Acharya too is in talks for the show, which is supposed to launch in December.

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