Putting the Nach Baliye 3 controversy behind her, actress Rakhi Sawant is back on entertainment channel Star Plus as one of the participants of its new reality show Arre Deewano Mujhe Pehchano.
The outspoken actress, who alongwith ex-boyfriend Abhishek Awasthi, lost the show's final to Sanjeeda Sheikh and Aamir Ali, had accused the channel of cheating her. Rakhi had created a ruckus in front of chief guest Salman Khan during the show's final and vowed never to work with Star Plus again.
"Star Plus is like home. Nach Baliye 3 has given a boost to my career and I cannot forget it. I apologise for my conduct in the past," Rakhi said when quizzed about the issue in Mumbai on Tuesday.
The item girl said this was first time she would be seen doing stand-up comedy and gags in disguise.
Other participants of the show, to be aired from January 2, include-- Mandira Bedi, Mona Singh, Gulshan Grover, Mahesh Manjrekar, Sweta Keswani, Divya Dutta and Yash Tonk.
It will be a unique adventure to play pranks in disguise on unsuspecting audiences, said Mona, who has won the previous reality shows she featured in (Jhalak Dhiklaja and Ek Khiladi Ek Hasina).Shweta said such a show helps actors to leave behind their inhibitions.
The eight celebrities will hoodwink common people, family and friends through the use of disguise at pre-decided locations, Creative Director of the channel Anupama Mandloi said.
The disguise is not just in terms of costumes and make up but also the overall acting ability, mannerisms and their accents. The fun and humour of these gags will be compounded by the in-studio element of stand up comedy, Anupama said.
There will be neither eliminations nor judges in the show. Every week, one celebrity will win the title of "Master of disguise" which will be decided by voting done among the contestants itself, she said.
With Arre Deewano Mujhe Pehchano, Star Plus has attempted to break away from the stereotype of a typical reality show and provide its viewers entertainment to unwind on a weekend, Anupama said that the format was indigenous and not copied.