Channel that hosts Salman Khan’s Dus Ka Dum derails his plans to judge Zara Nachke Dikha, a dance show on a competing channel

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 05, 2010)

While it’s no surprise that many Bollywood stars have refused offers from television channels in the past, it’s usually because the star doesn’t want to be part of it. Salman Khan must have never imagined that he would have to opt out of a show on one channel because a competing channel didn’t like the idea.

It transpired that Salman was approached by a particular channel to judge a dance reality show, Zara Nachke Dikha, but another channel, which airs his game show Dus Ka Dum, had strong reservations about the move.

A source said, “Salman spoke to the channel that airs Dus Ka Dum but they were unwilling to let Salman be seen on a competing channel. So they politely but firmly told Salman to forget about judging Zara Nachke Dikha. The actor had no choice but to comply.”

Vasudha Jha, a senior official of the channel that will air Zara Nachke Dikha, said, “Yes, we couldn’t get Salman. Though he was pretty excited about the offer, he had to check with the channel that airs Dus Ka Dum. They said they could only allow it if Zara Nachke Dikha goes on air after the next season of Dus Ka Dum winds up. Waiting that long was not possible. Right now, we are in talks with Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan.”

However, Ajit Thakur, an official of the channel that airs Dus Ka Dum, denied that Salman had spoken to them about Zara Nachke Dikha. “But yes, we do have a certain amount of exclusivity on Dus Ka Dum, since it is a very big show,” he said.