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Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10 judge Karan Johar: Dancing comes from a place of abandon

The filmmaker-judge views dance as being directly related to freedom.

Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10 judge Karan Johar: Dancing comes from a place of abandon
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  • OTTplay Team

Last Updated: 03.22 AM, Aug 30, 2022

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There is hardly much that is unfamiliar to Karan Johar. Being behind the camera, being the sarcastic host of a talk show, or being a judge on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa are all things the filmmaker is comfortable doing. Johar, who is preparing for the tenth season of Colors' dance reality series, claims that his Punjabi ancestry is the reason he genuinely appreciates it.

The filmmaker remarked with his signature wit to Mid Day that he's not a skilled dancer, but he has the energy of a Punjabi. In the past, they were taught that a serious personality is necessary for a filmmaker. Johar has never lived by that; he always follows my instincts. The director dispelled all of the misconceptions about filmmakers. Regardless of how angry he appears, if he feels like dancing on stage, he will. The source of dancing for Johar is abandonment.

The filmmaker-judge views dance as being directly related to freedom. Additionally, it brings back happy memories of his younger years. Whenever his friends would visit, Johar's father, Yash Johar, would encourage him to dance. The late producer would say Karan dances nicely to Dafli Wale Dafli Baja, "Karan, Nacho." He would dance carelessly. Even though Johar was copying Jaya Prada's movements, his parents supported him. Nobody informed the filmmaker that he was a boy and that his behaviour should be like that.

As television performers Dheeraj Dhoopar, Rubina Dilaik, Shilpa Shinde, and others don their dance shoes for the new season, Johar will be joined by Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Nora Fatehi on the judging panel. Scripted reality television is frequently criticised, but Johar ignores this criticism. 

He told the tabloid that they had never received any preparation or verbal cues for Jhalak. He has always been the one giving his opinion as a judge on a reality show, and he has never gone along with the script.

Johar continues by saying that his mother, Hiroo Johar, is an avid follower of reality television at home. He has witnessed his mother crying or applauding contestants. When he returns home, the filmmaker occasionally observes her angry at the elimination of a particular contestant. She even learned how to vote from him. Johar's children, Roohi and Yash, don't watch reality television. He is afraid they will hold it against him when they watch his episodes on YouTube.

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