Dance reality show "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9" is yet to start, but names of celebrity guests appearing on the show have already started doing the rounds. After Hrithik Roshan, reports of Akshay Kumar appearing in one of the episodes have now surfaced online.
Akshay will appear on the show to promote his Aug. 12 release "Rustom," Tellychakkar reported. However, there has been no official announcement from the makers of "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9" or Akshay on the same.
There are also unconfirmed reports that Hrithik would be the first guest on the show. He will appear to promote his film "Mohenjo Daro," which also releases on the same day as "Rustom."
Meanwhile, the reality show is expected to go on air by the end of this month on Colors TV. Karan Johar, Jacqueline Fernandez and Ganesh Hegde will judge the show, while viewers' favourite Manish Paul will return as the host.
Manish has hosted "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa" for four years now and the ninth season will mark his fifth year on the dance reality show. And to host the show, he has apparently charged Rs. 2.5 crore, making him the highest paid non-Bollywood celebrity host.
Manish has been associated with the show for five years and shares a warm equation with the production team of Jhalak. He is not just spontaneous and funny, but pretty flexible and accommodating too. So, when he asked for Rs 2.5 crore as remuneration for hosting the upcoming season, the makers did not hesitate," Mid-Day quoted a source as saying.
The dance reality show will run for around four months on Colors TV, starting from the end of July. This year, nine celebrity contestants will participate, including celebrity chef Harpal Singh Soni, "Hate Story 2" actress Surveen Chawla, "Bigg Boss 9" fame Karishma Tanna, "Swaragini" actress Helly Shah, "Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi" actor Shakti Arora, "Naagin" actor Arjun Bijlani, YouTube sensations and Bharatnatyam/Hip-Hop fusion dancing twins Priyanka and Poonam Shah and Shopkeeper Gaurav Gera as chutki.