Shekhar Suman, Renuka Shahane among `Jhalak…` participants

Mumbai: Actors Shekhar Suman and Renuka Shahane are among the 12 celebrity contestants of the `Jhalak Dhikla Ja 4`, which will see former Bollywood diva Madhuri Dixit making a comeback on TV as a judge.

The show, to be hosted by Mona Singh and Sumeet Raghavan, will also have television stars like Ragini Khanna, Ankita Lokhande, Sushant Singh Rajput, and Mahie Vij are participating in it along with Comedy Circus star Krushna Abhishek, Arjuna awardee pugilist Akhil Kumar, singer Anushka Manchanda, Indian idol contestant Meiyang Chang, besides item girl Yana Gupta.

The show goes on air from December 13 on Sony Entertainment Television.

The channel has decided to keep the identity of the 12th contestant as a surprise, that will be unveiled when the show goes on air next week, Sony officials said at a press conference here last night.

"They were persuading me for two years. Finally, they took me to Los Angeles to see the American format of the `Dancing with Stars` show," Madhuri said.

"The show was impressive and that is when the Sony officials said they were planning to replicate the same in India. That is when I decided that it was the right time to come in. Besides, dance is close to my heart," she added.

Madhuri said her preparations as a judge included understanding the different dance formats and styles.

"I would be judging the personality of the contestants, their comfort level and their expressions and what they bring on stage," she added.

Madhuri said she was in India just for the show and has no plans to do movies. "But you never know what future has in store for me," she added.


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