Posted June 14, 2014 by admin in TV

The British version of Jhalak is very boring: Jhalak international judge

International choreographer and the winner of the 18th season of US show Dancing With The Stars, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, will appear as the fourth judge in tonight’s episode of Colors’ Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.

He will join the existing jury, featuring Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Karan Johar and Remo D’Souza. Excerpts from a conversation:

What prompted you to accept the offer? The fact that it’s India. Had it been any other country away from Europe, I would have declined the offer. I would love to learn more about Indian culture. I’ve only heard and read about the country’s diverse traditions, but you can only learn so much from books. I wanted to experience India myself.

What do you know about the Hindi film industry and Indian dance forms? I grew up watching Hindi movies, but don’t remember them much. However, my mother is a huge fan of Raj Kapoor and knows many other Bollywood actors as well. She fed me a lot of information about the industry.

What do you think of the talent on the show? It’s amazing and I reckon it will get better with time. There is nine-year-old Akshat Singh, who was phenomenal, and Shakti Mohan, who was mind-blowing. I see a lot of potential in her. I hope to see various Indian dance forms here.

Do you feel the Indian version is on par with its international counterparts? The format of the show is different here and, in a lot of ways, better. While the British version is very boring, it’s business-like in the US. But the Indian version is entertaining, as they showcase what people want to see. The content is family, quality and morally conscious. Jhalak… doesn’t solely intend to make money, but focuses on quality dancing. It’s incredible to see the amount of hard work they invest. That’s why the Hindi film industry is so huge. At the core of it, the idea is to celebrate dance. Dance, for Indians, means celebration.

How will you be as a judge — soft or overtly critical? I am not going to be loud. My comments are not over the top like ‘Oh my God’ or ‘This is the best performance I have seen so far’. I’m very factual.

What do you think of fellow judges? Everybody loves Madhuri, she is a global phenomenon. My social network blew up moments after I put up a picture of mine with her. Karan is very cool and I have heard he is a big director. He has a good sense of humour. Remo is also very nice and has a vast knowledge of dance. The scores that both of us gave to each contestant were surprisingly the same. They have all accomplished a great deal in their respective fields. I am humbled and honoured to be judging the show with them.

Did you feel out of place since this is your first appearance, while they have been part of the show for three seasons? Not at all. I have given

12 years to dancing. When I take up something, I tell myself to go and give my best. I understand there is a language barrier, but I will learn it on the job.