Salman Khan to host ‘Dance +’ episode

Mumbai, Aug 31 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, who has previously hosted shows like “10 Ka Dum” and “Bigg Boss”, will turn host once again for an upcoming episode of TV show “Dance +”, where he will promote his forthcoming production “Hero”.

He will be part of the show along with first-time actors Athiya Shetty and Sooraj Pancholi.

“Salman will co-host the episode with dancer Raghav Juyal. This integration will have a lot in store for the audiences. With Salman hosting ‘Dance +’, entertainment will be guaranteed, be rest assured,” said a source from the set.

Salman, Sooraj and Athiya will come on the Star Plus show’s set on Thursday. Later, the episode will be aired on Sunday.

“Dance +” features ace choreographer-filmmaker Remo D’Souza as the ‘Superjudge’, along with captains Shakti Mohan, Dharmesh Yelande and Sumeet Nagdev.

Meanwhile, “Hero”, which is directed by Nikhil Advani, will release on September 11.

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‘Welcome Back’ stars on ‘Indian Idol Junior’

“Welcome Back” actors Anil Kapoor, John Abraham and Shruti Haasan will be seen adding star power on the forthcoming episode of singing reality show “Indian Idol Junior”.

According to a source from the set, Anil will have a grand entry on the show where the top four contestants – Nityashree, Ananya, Niharika and Vaishnav, will perform on some of the veteran actor’s hit songs.

“Throughout the episode, Anil was seen encouraging the contestants. When Vaishnav sang ‘Kuch na kaho’, Anil couldn’t resist himself and was seen dancing with Sonakshi Sinha while Vaishnav continued singing,” the source said.

“Shruti obliged the audience and judges by crooning her song from her debut movie ‘Blue’. John, on the other hand, surprised the audience by singing a song from the movie ‘Welcome Back’,” the source added.

“Indian Idol Junior”, which airs on Sony Entertainment Television, features Sonakshi, Vishal Dadlani and Salim Merchant as judges. The episode featuring Anil, John and Shruti, will be aired on Saturday.

Directed by Anees Bazmee, “Welcome Back”, which is a sequel to the 2007 film “Welcome” will release on September 4.

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Gautam Rode approached for ‘Suryaputra Karn’

Actor Gautam Rode, best known for shows like “Saraswatichandra”, “Maha Kumbh” and “Parichay”, has been approached to take on the the role of Arjun in mythological show “Suryaputra Karn”.

“The makers had approached him for the role of Karn earlier but he was busy with the shoot of ‘Maha Kumbh’. He is now approached to play Arjun. The talks are still on and things will be finalised in a few days,” a source from the show said.

The role of elder Karn will be essayed by actor Aditya Redij.

“Suryaputra Karn”, which is aired on Sony Entertainment Television, is based on the life of Karn, the mythological character of Hindu epic “Mahabharata”.

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Ruhanika Dhawan to quit ‘Ye Hai Mohabbatein’?

Child actress Ruhanika Dhawan, who plays the role of Ruhi Bhalla in “Ye Hai Mohabbatein”, is reportedly going to quit the popular TV show.

The seven-year-old is barely seen in the show and her character has started to fade. Earlier this year, when the makers of the show were planning for a leap, they were said to be forced to take it down due to audiences’ love for Ruhi.

“Ruhi is concentrating on her studies now. As she is in another grade now, her study load has also increased. She comes only on the weekends to shoot and that too not for long hours.

“She also won’t be seeing Romi’s (Aly Goni) wedding as we shot the sequence in weekday and Ruhi wasn’t available. As much as we want Ruhi to be part of the show we can’t expect it to take a toll from her studies,” a source from the production house said.

The Star Plus show features Divyanka Tripathi and Karan Patel in lead roles.

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