For Nach Baliye 3 contestants Shakti and Shivangi Kapoor, it is a week of anxiety. The couple bent rules of the show, by not dancing together as Shivangi did not turn up for the show and her baliye had to make do with his choreographer’s assistant.
Apparently the other couples are not too happy with the privilege given to Kapoor. A contestant, on condition of anonymity says, “So what if Shivangi had a backache, even we have backaches because of the strenuous rehearsals. We didn’t like what happened but there was little that we could do.”
Star One, in the Nach Baliye 2 had not taken kindly to Shweta Tiwari dancing without her baliye. Raja was ailing in hospital with a swollen liver then and Shweta had gone ahead to gyrate to Dhol Bajne Laga with her choreographer. Shweta had to bow out of the show.
According to a source from the set, “It was shocking that Star allowed Shakti to dance without Shivangi. After what happened to Shweta and Raja last year, one thought Star will put its foot down to all couples in this season if they don’t perform together.”
“David Dhawan told Shakti that Shivangi’s presence in the next episode was absolutely essential,” the source adds.
Though Shakti remained unavailable for comment, Shivangi says, “I’m unwell hence, I could not perform.”
Anupama Mandloi (Senior Creative Director, Star India Pvt Ltd) revealed that the channel and the judges took a joint consensus in allowing Shakti to go ahead without Shivangi. “It would have been great if Shivangi had been present. Shakti would have scored more. But Shivangi is genuinely unwell. I don’t know what had happened during Shweta-Raja incident, but even Archana had danced without her husband Parmeet last year,” she says.
It would be interesting to see if Shivangi adheres to Dhawan’s call, else Star will have to take a tough call on the Kapoors.
Kunal M Shah