"Children below the age of 18 haven’t seen much of me because most of my films are for adults only,” reasons Mallika Sherawat, explaining why she decided to appear on
Chak Dhoom Dhoom Season Two
as a celebrity judge. “Their parents won’t let them watch my movies but hopefully, they’ll let them watch this show.”
She adds that the Colours talent hunt show will also give her an opportunity to relive her small-town childhood, adolescence and adulthood through many of these small-town performers. “I grew up in Rohtak, Haryana, and till my early 20s, I didn’t have a platform to showcase my talent. Even today, few know that I dance really well, since I’ve rarely danced in my movies,” she points out.
Speculations are rife that she’s being paid Rs 50 lakh per episode. Expectedly, she refuses to confirm the figures but admits that money was one of the main reasons for entering TV. “I’m being paid handsomely, I can’t tell you how much because I don’t want the income tax guys after me. It’s a satisfying figure. I’ve entertained long enough, now it’s my turn to be entertained,” she laughs.
But according to news reports, fed up of her tantrums, the channel is planning to replace her with Malaika Arora Khan, a celebrity judge on Sony’s
Jhalak Dikkhlaa Jaa 4
. “Oh so now I’ve become a tantrum queen too?” Sherawat quips. “Let people say what they want, the fact is that I have a contract and I will complete my run on the show.”
The actor’s TV debut went on air last Friday. Will it suppress the competition posed by other dance shows like
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa
on Sony and
Dance India Dance Doubles
on Zee? “I’m not competing with anyone,” she retorts. “I have my own style. I wear clothes I’m comfortable in and I enjoy my
(poetry). I didn’t jump onto TV because everyone else was doing it. I just think it’s the perfect time to rule the small screen.”