Nach Baliye 9: From love being the ‘X factor’ to ‘exes’ spicing up the show


We don’t know how many in the audience would even be interested to know what went wrong in the contestant’s love story. The reality show that started in 2005 was about couples journeying together in the competition. Salman, as we know, will even unveil the couples on the premiere night. Advertising

Another surprise element this year was Salman Khan turning producer for the season. The actors agreed they had a disagreement but there was no abuse exchanged. There were disagreements, injuries, standing ovation and shocking eviction but the base remained love. Popular Photos

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One may also draw a comparison with Bigg Boss when it comes to Nach Baliye 9. Ravi and Sargun had even come back to the stage to invite the judges for their nuptial, as the stage was where the wedding bells rang for the first time. Be it Shilpa Agnihotri losing a couple of her front teeth in a freaky accident (season 1) or Asha Negi ending up with a deep gash on her chin (season 6)- they had their partners giving them strength and love all throughout. The actor is probably the only star who still has cordial relationships with his former girlfriends. Even the premiere video of Salman on stage, that was leaked recently, has an uncanny resemblance to the Weekend Ka Vaar setting. When was the last time you saw a producer do that? But with ex-couples, the individuals would first have to struggle with the ghosts of their past, before they can even call each other ‘baliyes’. There was also an eagerness among viewers to know more about their favourite stars and their relationships, especially if they had a non-celeb partner. You work together so past is forgiven, forgotten and you are working.”
In hindsight, who better than Salman Khan to back this format. But now with ex-couples joining the force, the entire show will mostly focus on the contestants’ relationships that went kaput. For starters, there is strict secrecy about the contestants in the season. Well, your guess is as good as ours! While he is co-producing the show with Banijay Asia, the channel’s marketing team has been selling Nach Baliye 9 as the ‘Salman Khan show’. His recent pictures celebrating Sangeeta Bijlani’s birthday only proves how much he believes in the concept of having a strong friendship even after you part ways. The dialogues are cringe-worthy and seem to have been the work of a disinterested person who just wanted to rhyme the sentences. The other teasers also have the celebrities masked well. And for the gossip-loving audience, things will also be spiced up with staged fights and sob stories. Advertising

Now coming back to Nach Baliye 9, the promos only added to our fears of what could lie ahead in the season. The controversial reality show is known to stir up controversy but Nach Baliye has always been a family show. The Nach Baliye stage also provided a platform for many couples to profess their love. But many would definitely assume or guess what got them to join hands again for a reality show. The contestants even braved injuries together and came back with a smile. For Nach Baliye is all about fighting obstacles and challenges with your partner as you dance your way to take home the trophy. Salman Khan, who hosts Bigg Boss, seems to have been wonderfully inspired by the show. Talking to media outlets, Salman Khan had shared, “Yes, we are producing Nach Baliye as the concept is very unique as we have ex-couples dancing together. So don’t even try.” If this didn’t spoil your mood, the other promos are equally half-baked and a desperate attempt to spice up things. So much so, that it was said that he was even creatively involved in the new format. Many contestants have even opened up about their heart aching moments, and how their partners stood strong beside them. Be it Ravi Dubey proposing marriage to Sargun Mehta in season 5, or Abigail Jain going down on her knees for beau Sanam Johar in season 8. The former couples doing the show have shared that they believe in co-existing and how one can be mature enough to handle past mistakes. Star Plus show Nach Baliye 9 premieres on July 19. Well, the show has not even started and the buzz about how Madhurima Tuli abusing her former boyfriend Vishal Aditya Singh during the rehearsals made headlines. What, why, when, where, how – everything will be dissected on the stage and blown out of proportion to extract more eyeballs and ratings. You are not together anymore and you come back. We all still remember how on Nach Baliye 7, Rashami Desai opened up about her miscarriage and Aishwarya Sakhuja spoke on her ordeal with tuberculosis. The positive part is that there’s no negative confrontation. Even as makers released promos of a few celebrities, their partners are yet to be disclosed. If not, how do you even justify Urvashi Dholakia and her ex-partner conversing with lines like- “nach ke bahane touch, no no”, “But why”, “Ex ho, that’s why. If this is the pre-drama, we wonder how much drama will we see once the show starts rolling. But only time will tell whether their decision will work wonders or backfire in the coming days. 0
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