Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa
is a television reality show and the Indian
version of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing
and ABC's Dancing with the Stars
Sony Entertainment Television
brings Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa
with new celebrities and well-known faces to perform with professional dance partners on a highly competitive stage. The show is produced by BBC Worldwide
Productions in India.
The show's format is taken from the Strictly Come Dancing
show on BBC One
in UK, which has been a huge success in over 30 countries like America, Australia, New Zealand, and Italy, where it is known as Dancing with the Stars
. However, the Indian version has been extensively remodelled to appeal to the country's viewers.
The dances are typically more exuberant than on its sister programmes around the world, owing to India's unique Bollywood traditions. Also because of the strong Bollywood approach, India is the only country to not have live music with an in-house band. The show is also pre-recorded, unlike the UK's Strictly Come Dancing
and other spin-offs. All the ballroom
and Latin dances
are performed as Bollywood-themed showdances (US: freestyles) rather than with strict 'syllabus' ballroom or Latin technique.
The first season of the show started on September 8, 2006 and ended November 4, 2006.