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Mona Singh will be seen shaking a leg with leg-spinner Harbhajan Singh on the dance reality show Ek Khiladi Ek Hasina.

tv Updated: Sep 23, 2008 15:11 IST
Janaki Viswanathan

So she’s dancing.. again. “Yes,” smiles Mona Singh. The actress will be seen in Colors’ Ek Khiladi Ek Hasina which pits cricketers and TV actress jodis against one another.

But the actress-anchor-reality show specialist who shakes a leg with bowler Harbhajan Singh, still insists that she can’t dance. Harbhajan smirks, “So modest!”.

Sing with me
So who taught whom to shake a leg? Apparently Bhajji was so shy on the sets that Mona had to draw him out. “We drove our choreographers mad,” she laughs. <b1>

To add to the confusion, Harbhajan could never remember the lyrics of songs or even the songs themselves before a performance. “We had so many categories — masti, romance, comedy— I’d be after Bhajji to remember the track, so he could lip-synch as we danced,” says Mona.

When they weren’t dancing, Harbhajan would keep Mona entertained with take-offs on his team members.
The actress isn’t a huge cricket buff but claims she watched the entire T20 series. And she can’t bear to be pulled away from the TV set when there’s an Indo-Pakistan match on.

Mona recalls that her spin bowling partner and she would often burst into peals of laughter which would bring the shoot to a standstill. “We just have to look at each other sometimes and we would start giggling.. and then we simply couldn’t stop,” she giggles.

No saas-bahu shows, please
The actress who became a household name with her first and last (so far) show, Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi, misses acting. A sequel to the plain Jane show has been on the cards for a while now.

Mona is also in talks with producers Deeya and Tony Singh for a cameo in one of their soaps. She isn’t interested in doing any other tele-dramas: “I would never be convincing as a bahu or a saas.”

She regrets that Naya Roop Nayi Zindagi, which she anchored, didn’t do well. “It wasn’t marketed well by Sony,” she shrugs. Naya Roop... was a reality show in which people with physical deformities would undergo plastic surgery which would transform them. Mona says that towards the end, the TRPs did pick up. “We even managed to beat Waar Parrivaar which was being extensively promoted,” she asserts.

Never say never
For now, Mona is gearing up for her first film.. her lips are sealed though. Any more reality shows? She shakes her head vigorously. Is it because of the tears and drama? “I never cried.. not here, not in Jhalak Dikklha Jaa,” she says.
Then her face clouds: “Actually, I said I wouldn’t take on a reality show after Jhalak.. and now I’m doing Ek Khiladi..
Never say never?”