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It’s unfair to say that!

Judge Malaika Arora-Khan is upset over rumours that Sony Entertainment Television's dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4, is rigged.

tv Updated: Jan 09, 2011 15:16 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times

Malaika Arora-Khan is upset over rumours that Sony’s dance show,

Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa 4

, that she is judging, is rigged. “It’s unfair to say that!” she protests. “It takes away from the fact that we are putting in so much time and effort, offering our expertise, to mark the contestants on their performances every week. My co-judges, Madhuri (Dixit) and Remo, and I enjoy dance. We would never be a part of any contest that was fixed.”

Point out to her that Anushka Manchanda, Renuka Shahane and Akhil Kumar’s exit seemed obvious from the first episode and last Tuesday, Krishna Abhishek had hinted to the possibility of him being shown the door this week, and she retorts, “A contestant can have a great day one week and be terrible on the next shoot. Besides, the popularity of the contestants and the votes are a factor too. I can only urge viewers to vote for a participant every week on the basis of his or her act to give everyone a fair chance. That way we can put an end to idle speculations that the show is rigged.”

Malaika Arora

The hottest item girl of the country wasn’t too impressed with Akhil Kumar’s punches and two left feet in the opening rounds but was wowed by his ‘bang bang’ move in the

Mango Dolly

act and wanted the boxer to replicate it with her when she was more appropriately dressed. That draws a chuckle, “I miss Akhil, he was a ‘desi’ guy with whom I felt a connection. He was the only contestant with no background in dance but you could see the effort he was putting in to match up.”

On her part, Malaika insists that she’s enjoying her stint on the show, whose format not only offers her a chance to comment on

different dance styles, but also gives her a chance to spend time with Madhuri Dixit. “My sister Amrita was a Sridevi fan, I idolised Madhuri. I’ve loved all her dances, from

Dhak dhak (Beta)


Choli ke peechey kya hai (Khalnayak)

but the



Ek do teen


Hum ko aaj kal hai intezaar



are my all time favourites,” she says. “I’ve grown up trying to dance like Madhuri, talk like her and flash a smile that was as beautiful and warm.”

Meanwhile, there’s been plenty written on


too, including the fact that her husband Arbaaz Khan has found a co-producer in Baba Dewan for the sequel. “If you read the story carefully you will know that Arbaaz has denied any such developments. Such pieces come out of thin air. All I know is that

Dabangg 2

will happen. How, when, where and with whom, we’ll have to wait and see. Right now, it’s still in the scripting stage,” she says.

Will Munni return in Part 2 with a sequel to

Munni badnaam hui

? She laughs, “That’s a question only Arbaaz and the director, Abhinav Kashyap, can answer. I hope she does. I love being Munni!”

First Published: Jan 09, 2011 14:41 IST

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