Actress Shilpa Shetty, who was judging the reality show Super Dancer and had taken a break after her husband Raj Kundra’s arrest in the pornography case on July 19, has resumed shooting for the show. According to a report on Times Of India after three weeks she has returned to the set. There were talks doing the rounds that Shilpa might be replaced by another celeb judge but that didn’t happen. She is shooting for next week’s episode today.
“Shilpa has judged the show since it started in its first season in 2016. The makers were waiting for her to return and did not want to get another celeb in her place. We are glad that she has resumed shooting. Hopefully, she will continue on the show till the end of this season. It was also an emotional decision for her to gather courage and get back to work after her husband got allegedly involved in the porn apps case. The makers are happy that Shilpa is back shooting today and they did not have to look for a replacement,” the source told TOI.
Producer Ranjeet Thakur, while not divulging many details, confirmed Shilpa’s presence on set to indianexpress.com, adding, “She is our judge and she is here to stay.”
A source from the set further shared that the team had always been keen to get the actor back but she wanted to take her own time. “The makers had been in constant touch with her and only recently she decided that she was ready to make a comeback. Shilpa wants to get back to work not just for her kids and family but also for her own sanity. She was welcomed warmly by the Super Dancer team, which made her quite emotional in the morning,” the source added.
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During Shilpa Shetty’s absence from the show we saw a series of special guests joining in to fill her place. From Karisma Kapoor, Sonali Bendre to Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia Dsouza, Bollywood celebrities graced the show in the last few weeks.
Recently, filmmaker and Shilpa’s co-judge Anurag Basu told Hindustan Times in an interview that everyone misses her a lot on the sets. Anurag Basu told Hindustan Times, “We miss Shilpa a lot on set. There’s a bonding between all of us, who’re a part of the show, and which also includes people behind the scene and the choreographers. We’re a small family and when one person isn’t around, then bahut mushkil hota hai. Shilpa is dear to us.”
Coming to the upcoming episode marking Shilpa’s comeback, Indian Idol 12 winner Pawandeep Rajan and other finalists — Arunita Kanjilal, Sayli Kamble, Mohd Danish, Nihal Tauro and Shanmukhapriya will also be a part of it.
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