Bollywood actor Rohit Roy, dancers Shakti and Mukti Mohan, and season one winner Mona Singh had been approached to anchor the fourth season of Jhalak Dikkhlaa Jaa. But the latest news is that Golmaal 3 and Iqbal star, Shreyas Talpade, is set to make his comeback to the small screen, where he started his journey as an actor with the Marathi daily soap, Aabhalmaya.
The actor has been offered the role of anchor on Jhalak Dikklaa Jaa 4, which will be judged by Madhuri Dixit, who is currently in India to start shooting for the show, which is expected to start soon after Kaun Banega Crorepati 4 with Amitabh Bachchan wraps up.
When asked, Talpade admits that he has been approached but hasn’t locked the deal yet. "The channel (Sony Entertainment) got in touch with my manager. They were very keen to have me on board. The last thing I heard was that they were working out the economics of the deal and were to get back to me on it. I’m awaiting their response," he adds.
If everything works in his favour, would he like to go ahead with the show? "Sure," he says, adding, "But not at the cost of my films because they are and will always be top of the mind. I can’t risk my films for the show, but I’m sure we’ll work around that. I’ll know if I’m on board in the next two or three days."
And would he like to groove with Dixit on the show? “That comes much later,” he smiles. “I first need to know if I’m on board. If yes, and if time and work permit, I would love to dance with her. Honestly, any actor who has followed her work would feel honoured to do so.”
The spokesperson from Sony agrees that Shreyas Talpade is their prime choice for the host: “We’re very keen to have him on board. But we can’t confirm his presence till we lock the deal.”