Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9: Jacqueline Fernandez’s bubbly presence, Shakti Arora’s confident show and Nora Fatehi’s oomph salvage the dull opening episode!

The dance based reality show premiered today…

We will admit that we look forward to Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa every year. It is one of the glitziest shows on TV with some truly known faces. With a lineup this year like Arjun Bijlani, Shakti Arora, Siddhant Gupta and Helly Shah this season had the best of TV as well as hotties like Karishma Tanna, Surveen Chawla and Nora Fatehi. And if these people dance well, it is a treat for the eyes. Obviously, the main curiosity point was how Jacqueline Fernandez would make her television debut on the judges chair. The episode began with a small performance by the Dishoom actress. It was on a medley of her hit numbers. She looked sexy in white and seemed to be enjoying herself. Here is a lowdown of the hits and misses of the show…

Hits
Jacqueline seemed extremely comfortable as the judge. The lady seemed to be enjoying herself. She also flirted a little with the guys Shantanu Maheshwari and Siddhant Gupta. It was cute seeing how the guys felt shy around her.

The twin sisters Poonam and Priyanka gave a really innovative performance on Pinga. It was appreciated by all the judges.

Shakti Arora was the dark horse with a pretty confident performance in the medley with Nora Fatehi and Shantanu. He should be someone to watch out for.

Karan Johar’s dance on Mary was thoroughly entertaining.

Shantanu Maheshwari and Salman Yusuff Khan as expected got good scores from the judges.

Jacqueline came on stage and interacted freely with the audience. Though the contestants are yet to warm up to her, we feel she will pick up in popularity. Helly Shah had a fangirl moment with the actress.

The opening night did not stretch unnecessarily and was quite crisp.

Misses
Manish Paul’s gags failed to entertain us. He made a rocking entry but the actor’s staple jokes did not evoke humour.

Helly Shah’s performance was a real dampener. We were expecting something better from the channel’s leading lady. And that orange and black outfit… what were you thinking?!

For an opening night, we would have liked to see some exceptional dance performances. Sadly there was nothing that left us awestruck.

At couple of places, Jacqueline seemed to make a little effort to look extra enthusiastic. The lady seems to be enjoying herself and we feel she should be her normal self.

Ganesh Hedge needs an energy booster. We know he is the critic but a little spark would not hurt.

Verdict: We have seen better opening episodes of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. This definitely didn’t make it to the list.

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