She’s got the moves

In 2002, when Madhuri Dixit made a much-hyped debut on the small screen with the wedding reality show, Kahin Na Kahin Koi Hai, the celebrations ended quickly. Dixit was her own charming self, but the concept failed to catch on and the show tanked. That hasn't dented the actress's optimism about television however, and this week, she's returned to our television screens as one of the three judges on Sony TV's Jhalak Dikhla Jaa 4. Despite the slight weight gain, Dixit makes a pretty picture in a bright red saree and bold diamond jewelery. ""Dance is very close to my heart and Sony was keen on doing the show on a grand scale— they want it to be like the original show , Dancing with the Stars. I like the concept, so I agreed," she says.

Based in USA with her husband Shriram Nene and two sons, Arin and Ryan, Dixit was chased by the channel for almost two years, before she agreed to judge the popular dance show. "My sons were young then and at that age, children need their mother. Now they go to school, so I have enough time for myself," she says. Has the phenomenal dancer been able to teach her little ones to dance? "They are born dancers; they both have rhythm,"she says, proudly.

The show, which started on December 12, sees Malaika Arora-Khan and choreographer Remo D'Souza as part of the jury, alongside Dixit. "I am very pleased to have them as judges on the show," she says, flashing her million dollar smile. With celebrity contestants including ex-model Yana Gupta, boxer Akhil Kumar, actor Shekhar Suman, Renuka Shahane and singer Anushka Manchanda amongst others, Dixit is excited. "It is interesting to watch celebrities to take on the stage. They are all untrained and that's what makes it exciting," she says. Interestingly, it is believed that TV star Sushant Singh Rajput was a student of choreographer Shaimak Davar and is a trained dancer. "Taking part in a competition is very different from simply knowing how to dance. In this competition, the contestants have to excel in dance forms like jive and samba too. It will be tough," she says.

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