Drashti Dhami, who was co-hosting Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa's current season, was asked to leave the show on Thursday night after the channel and the production house did not receive positive feedback on her performance as an emcee.
Manish Paul and Drashti Dhami
A crewmember says, “Drashti was roped in because she won the last season and we wanted to add some glamour to the show. However, since the first episode went on air, we have been receiving negative reactions about her. Somehow her pairing with Ranvir Shorey did not work. Therefore, we decided to consult the channel and replace her.”
The actress has hosted only six episodes so far, but it is said that she didn't show any improvement over time. A source says, “The creative team would suggest changes to her, but in all her episodes audiences found her to be not spontaneous. She’d just read lines from the teleprompter. Her chemistry with co-host Ranvir was zilch; plus, she’d take her own time to get ready. As a result, the shoot would get delayed and Ranvir would complain about the same. For now, we have decided to replace Drashti with previous season’s host, Manish Paul.”
Drashti says that the channel’s decision was communicated to her on Thursday night. “While it’s unfortunate that my stint had to end so quick and abruptly, I must say that I had a great time hosting the show. It was good to be back on the sets, where I truly belong. Nonetheless, it’s over for me now and I would like to wish the contestants and the channel all the very best.”
The channel’s spokesperson and Manish remained unavailable for comment.