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Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa – Contestant Profiles

Sukhvinder Singh and Bhavna
Sukhvinder Singh, one of the most celebrated Bollywood singer, has lent his voice to many award-winning songs such as ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ and ‘Jai Ho’. A newbie in the sphere of dance and a keen learner, Sukhvinder Singh looks forward to absorb the skill of dance and explore this fresh side of him. The singer aims to dance from the core of his heart and entertain audiences.
Having played an important role in Remo’s directorial venture ABCD, Bhavna went on to assist Uma-Gaiti for the song ‘Baby Doll’ from Sunny Leone’s movie Ragini MMS 2. Bhavna has trained under the guidance of Sri Santosh Nair in various forms such as contemporary, Chauu and Ballet. She will be seen choreographing singer Sukhvinder Singh on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
Purab Kohli and Mohena
Having started his career with a popular high-school drama Hip Hip Hurray at a very young age, Purab Kohli from then on has added many feathers to his hat! He has created a mark for himself through movies such as Rock On, My Brother…Nikhil and Shaadi Ke Side Effects. Much to Purab’s fans’ delight, he will now be wearing his dancing shoes and making a comeback on television in an all-new avatar! Purab intends to learn as many dance forms as possible in this Season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
This season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa marks Mohena’s third season as choreographer on the show. Mohena has been guided by great dance gurus such as US-based Kundu and Storm in Hip-Hop, Australia-based Petre Farrel in Ballet and Michael Casanovas in Modern Contemporary. She has also conducted several workshops with US-based choreographer Marin Leggat.
Akshat Singh and Vaishnavi
A unique find by India’s Got Talent, Akshat has been a source of inspiration for many at the tender age of 8. Akshat went on to claim international fame on The Ellen DeGeneres’ Show, making people believe that dance is an expression that anybody can learn. He is now all set to charm judges Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Karan Johar and Remo D’souza on the show.
Vaishnavi is a trained dancer in a mixed bag of dance forms such as Hip-hop, Locking-Popping, Fusion, Bollywood, Contemporary, Folk, Western, Free style, Latin-salsa, Classical, Bharatnatyam and Lavani. She has charmed the nation by participating in multiple dance reality shows and is looking forward to teaching Akshat some new moves.

 
Sophie Choudry and Deepak
Sophie kick-started her entertainment career at the tender age of 12 as a singer. Since then, she has expanded her horizons to become an all-rounder in the world of entertainment with experience in singing, dancing and acting. She has keen interest in learning national and international dance forms such as Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Salsa and Street Dance.
Deepak has a long withstanding relationship with Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. A master in dance forms like Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cha Cha, Rumba, Mambo, Jive, and Waltz, Deepak has also assisted Remo and Ganesh Hegde for various movie projects and shows. Deepak runs his own dance academy DSLDC (Deepak Singh Latin Dance Company) and has choreographed over 500 dance performances both, in India and internationally.
Kritika Kamra and Savio
Having been a part of the television industry for few years now, Kritika Kamra enjoys a strong fan-following across the nation. She has previously participated in dance reality shows where she has bowled over audiences with her dancing skills. She is all set to take over the Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa stage, along with her choreographer, and better her performance abilities.
Savio has been a part of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa since the show first launched. Since then, he has choreographed dance sequences for many moves including Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., Tum Milo Toh Sahi, Buddha Mar Gaya among others. However, victory on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa has always eluded him and he hopes that this season will change fortunes in his favour.
Andy and Bhavini
Undoubtedly one of the most popular and quirky faces on television, Andy has won hearts after participating in Bigg Boss. However, what many don’t know is that Andy is also a trained Kathak dancer. Andy’s knowledge of classical dance makes him one of the contestants to look out for on the show. Having hosted a successful range of shows of various genres, Andy is looking forward to be a participant on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa debutant Bhavini has represented contemporary India in the Year of India at Russia – 2005. Having done over 700 shows, both nationally and internationally, Bhavini has been the Principal Artist with Sandhya Unit of Performing Arts and is now the Artistic Director at the Urshilla Dance Company.

 

 
Mouni Roy and Punit
A superlative actress from one of Kolkata’s renowned theatre families, Mouni Roy has also dabbled in multiple dance forms. Back in her college days, Mouni, being a self-taught choreographer, was actively involved in choreographing for college festivals as well as other cultural events. With her extensive training in Kathak, Mouni plans to exploit the dancer in her by learning international dance forms on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
Punit has become a household name since his Bollywood debut in Remo D’souza’s directorial venture, ABCD. Punit has also choreographed dance routines on Comedy Nights with Kapil and several other award functions. A first runner-up on Jhalak Dikhha Jaa last year with contestant Lauren Gottleib, Punit has his eyes set on the Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa trophy this year along with his partner, Mouni.
Shakti Mohan and Tushar
A dancing sensation, Shakti Mohan’s first tryst with dance was in the form of Bharatnatyam, a style she dedicatedly learned for eight long years. Shakti then went on to learn Contemporary and Hip Hop from the Broadway Dance Center, New York. With a good amount of dance experience in hand, Shakti’s performances on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa are going to be much looked forward to.
Tushar began his dance journey in 2003 with Mayur Bhan Chhau, Kalari and Contemporary Dance under the guidance and direction of Shri Santosh Nair, the creative director of Sadhya – Unit of Performing Arts. On the last season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, Tushar was partnered with Sana Saeed. And now, Tushar is all set to show all his dancing skills and waltz into the hearts of audiences.
Karan Tacker and Suchitra
Karan Tacker enjoys a loyal fan-following after entertaining audiences through television shows. Even though dancing is a necessary skill to have in the world of entertainment, Karan believes that his dancing skills are not as refined. He is hoping to explore a different side to his personality and possibly hidden talent in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
Zealous to work. Suchitra has learned 15 difference dance forms. In Season 5 of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, Suchitra had partnered with international cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya and in Season 6, she had partnered with funny-man Suresh Menon. She has been an assistant choreographer for multiple award functions and events. She is looking forward to showcase her dance prowess on this season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.

 

 

Palak and Kruti
An entertainer par excellence, Palak is Bittoo Sharma’s annoying neighbor in Comedy Nights With Kapil. Palak has been entertained the audiences, creating ripples of laughter not only with her shayari and comical acts, but also with her dance. Palak’s dance style is more carefree than anything else, which beats most other forms of dance.
Kruti is a Visharad in Bharatnatyam from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya and is also trained in Kuchipudi. The founder and director of K-Factor Academy of Dance Connexion, Kruti has also assisted Remo D’souza in movies like Humpty Sharma ki Dulhaniya, Gori TerePyaar Mein, 2 States and Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani. Kruti is looking forward to teach Palak some crazy steps.
Ashish Sharma and Shampa
Currently seen on COLORS’ Rangrasiya essaying the role of Rudra, Ashish Sharma has learned acting from Anupam Kher’s acting school. However, dance continues to remain a foreign concept to this superlative actor. As a contestant on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, Ashish aims to set foot into a whole new world of dance.
Shampa has been a part of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa for multiple seasons where she has tutored contestants like Sushant Singh Rajput, and Gurmeet Choudhary. Shampa has choreographed for popular movies like Dhoom 3 and Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram Leela and many more. Trained from Terence Lewis’ Dance Company, Shampa is all set to excel once again on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
Puja Banerjee and Rajit
Puja Banerjee kicked off her tryst with entertainment with some memorable roles on television. She then expanded her horizons to music when she featured in Govinda’s music album. With her strong fan-following and passion for learning new skills, Pooja is all set to begin her Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa journey by diving head-first into dance.
Rajit, chief choreographer to Vaibhavi Merchant has trained in various dance styles including Bollywood, Salsa, Contemporary and Hip Hop among others. He has worked on projects like Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Dhoom 3 and Ek Tha Tiger where he has proved that versatility is one of his core strengths. He has performed for several stage shows, awards and events and is keen to create a mark on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa with his partner.

 

 
Sreesanth and Sneha
Hailing from the world of India’s number one religion – cricket, S. Sreesanth, unknown to many, has been a break-dancer while growing up. Sreesanth has also explored his musical talent by penning down songs. He is now looking forward to expressing himself in the form of dance on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
Popularly known as “The Indian Salsa Princess”, Sneha was the first Indian to participate and win international Salsa championships. Being a known choreographer in Hindi, Marathi and South Indian movies, Sneha holds the Guinness World Record for the most number of swing flips in a minute.

Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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