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What's the Nora Fatehi - Salman Yusuff Khan controversy in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9?

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 1 August 2016, 17:56 IST

Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9 is making news all right, for a variety of reasons. Apart from Manish Paul's sky-rocketing fee hike and Jacqueline Fernandez's addition in the judges' panel, there's something else about this celebrity dance reality show that is keeping the audience interested.

Reports circulated in the media indicate that one of this year's female contestants - Nora Fatehi - is not happy with choreographer Salman Yusuff Khan's entry into the show. Reports suggest that Nora had mentioned the fact that Salman is a trainer, professional dancer and is quite popular, so his entry will make things difficult for other contestants who are not professional dancers and belong to different walks in the glamour industry.

However, Salman doesn't think Nora has stated something negative. Talking about the entire controversy, Salman said Nora was misquoted. He said that the Bigg Boss 9 contestant wasn't miffed with him. His statement reads:

"Firstly, No! Nora wasn't miffed with me or something. When these reports came out, the first thing she did was come up to me and clarify. It seems she was misquoted. What she told me was that she felt I, being an experienced dancer, should have been above the game. She told me, 'Salman you are so good that you should be judging the show and not be a part of the contestants'."

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The choreographer who has appeared in ABCD: Anybody Can Dance and also won Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6 with Drashti Dhami also stressed on the fact that the show invites professional dancers every year. He added:

"Later, we spoke on how every year there is incorporation of professional dancers as participants on JDJ. The channel brings them in to step up the game, to build in more challenge. And you know what in a way, it is more stressful for us because the non dancer celebs at times might get away with their mistakes in performances. But for us, we don't get that kind of a privilege. It's a lot of stress to live up to audience expectations. Trust me, if you understand the amount of stress that we undergo, or as an individual I am going through, if you realise that pressure, you won't want to be in my place ever."

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The other contestants appearing in the new season of Jhalak are Karishma Tanna, Gaurav Gera, Helly Shah, Shakti Arora, Shantanu Maheshwari, Arjun Bijlani and Surveen Chawla among others.

The show will be judged by Karan Johar, Ganesh Hegde and Jacqueline Fernandez.

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First published: 1 August 2016, 17:56 IST