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By Sudatta Mukherjee
The popular reality dance show Jhalak Dikkhla Jaa (JDJ) is all set to begin again and this time controversial former Indian cricketer Shantakumaran Sreesanth will be seen participating in the season six. JDJ, which is adapted from BBC’s Dancing with the Stars, show its inception in 2006 and Ajay Jadeja was the first cricketer to participate in the show. Jadeja was eliminated in round five of the first season.
The second season did not see any cricketer participate, but former hockey player and coach Mir Ranjan Negi was the star from sports background to participate. He was eliminated in round 11.
In season five, Sri Lankan former captain Sanath Jayasuriya was a participant.
The contestants against whom Sreesanth will be against Sophie Choudry, Purab Kohli, Mouni Roy, Kritika Kamra, Kiku Sharda as Palak, VJ Andy, Shakti Mohan, Sukhwinder Singh, Akshat Singh, Ashish Sharma, Karan Tacker and Pooja Banerjee.
Sreesanth had said he did not follow Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 matches as he was busy preparing for the dance reality show. “I am not watching IPL 7. All my time is consumed by ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa’. I am devoting eight hours every day practising and learning new dance forms. Otherwise, I watch previous seasons of Jhalak on YouTube,” Sreesanth had said in a group interview.
Sreesanth is banned for life by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing in IPL.
The cricketer also said that he is hoping his involvement in the show will help him overcome the bad phase in his life.
“The show is helping me deal with the bad phase in my life. My family, and especially my wife support me. Marriage has changed me as a person and when I got the opportunity to start afresh with ‘Jhalak…’, I grabbed it,” he said.
Sreesanth married longtime girlfriend Bhuvneshwari Kumari in December, 2013.
Kerela-born Sreesanth has flaunted his dancing skills earlier as well, his act with Shah Rukh Khan during a stage show became popular.
“I am a trained dancer but never took part in a competition. Music and dance is in my blood. All my family members have given a lot of preference to art. Being from a South Indian household, it was mandatory in the family to learn extra-curricular activities. I learnt dance till my high school,” said Sreesanth.
Apart from the dance-reality show, Sreesanth is also making his debut as a film music composer and lyricist for a Tamil-Telugu film.
The 31-year-old cricketer’s choreographer in JDJ is Sneha.
(Sudatta Mukherjee is a reporter with CricketCountry. Other than writing on cricket, she spends penning random thoughts on her blog and produces weekly posts on new food joints at Whopping Weekends. She played Table Tennis forUniversity of Calcutta. When she is not writing, you will catch her at a movie theatre or watching some English serial on her laptop. Her Twitter id is @blackrosegal)
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