Reality shows and talent hunt constitute a big part of Indian television nowadays. Considering the progress that the small screen industry has made over the past few years, even the B-Town celebs get attracted to work here, and the best way to maintain the standards is to judge the reality shows. Here is a list of Bollywood stars that judge such shows.
Kirron Kher is a versatile actress we all know. Be it any role, she does full justice to it. She entered the television as a judge of India’s Got Talent, a reality show that is based on the international Got Talent format. The show started on 27 June 2009, and she has judged all the seven seasons. Her sarees and style make her look pretty, and we can’t think of any other celeb that can do her part better.
Malaika Arora started as a video jockey on MTV and progressed to doing films after modeling. Although she hasn’t had a great Bollywood career, she has done a good work on television. She made her comeback on TV in 2005 as a judge of ‘
1 & 2’. She has also judged a couple of seasons of ‘Jhalak Dikhla’ ‘Jaa, Zara Nach Ke Dikha’. She is now known for being in the judging panel of India’s Got Talent since 2013.
3. Karisma Kapoor
She belongs to the prestigious Kapoor family and is the eldest of the fourth generation. She started her acting career with Prem Qaidi in 1991 when she was only seventeen. She is a recipient of a National Film Award and four Filmfare Awards. She made her debut on television with serial Karishma-The Miracle of Destiny which lasted for a year. She has also judged the fourth season of Nach Baliye along with Arjun Rampaland Hans Baliye.
Sajid started his career with television in 1995 with Mai Bhi Detective followed by ‘IkkePeIkka’ where he was the host. He played triple role in ‘Kehne Me Kya Harz Hai’. He made his acting debut in a side role with ‘Jhoot Bole Kauwa Kaate’. He got into film direction with Darna Zaroori Haiin 2005, and has also directed famous movies like Heyy Baby. He made his comeback on TV as a judge of Nach Baliye 4 and 5.
Sohail is the youngest of the three Khan Brothers. He made his acting debut with ‘
Maine Dil Tujhko Diya
’ in 2002, where he acclaimed critical appreciation, but he had already worked as a producer, director and writer before. His acting graph has been low and has appeared more as a comic actor. He decided to go to television, and judged Comedy Circus from 2011 to 2013.
Arbaaz Khan is the middle child of the three brothers of Khan Brothers. Like his younger brother Sohail, his career hasn’t flourished much over the past years. He made his acting debut with Daraar in 1996 which got him Filmfare Award for the Best Negative Role. He later got into production and direction in 2010 with Dabangg. He entered the television in 2014 becoming one of the judges of Comedy Circus replacing Sohail Khan.
Dharmendra does not need much introduction. He has ruled the film industry for almost two decades and has proven his worth as a politician too. As such he did not have much requirement of appearing on television; he too could not escape from its charm and decided to dazzle the small screen like his generation actors and Jeetendra. He judged the third season of India’s Got Talent along with Kirron Kher and
Mithun Chakraborty who set new dancing standards in Bollywood in the 70s and 80s has worked in three hundred and forty-seven movies including regional language films. He had been active throughout and made his first appearance on TV as a judge of Bengali dance show
Dance Bangla Dance
. When the concept was adopted in Hindi, a higher category of head judge, known as a grandmaster was introduced. He has judged all the five seasons of DID.
Shilpa hails from South India and has worked in Telugu and Tamil movies as well. She gained success from her debut movie Baazigar. She diverted to business and took a break from acting for some time after her marriage. She made her comeback through television by judging the fifth and sixth season of Nach Baliye. Mom Shilpa has recently produced a dance show for kids named Super Dancer and is one of the judges.
Preity never wanted to become an actor. She coincidentally accompanied her friend to an audition and bagged a role in Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se in 1998 that marked her acting debut. She then became one of the leading actresses of her time, also focusing on her IPL team Kings XI Punjab. After succeeding as an actor and an entrepreneur, she entered the television world by becoming a judge of ‘Nach Baliye 7’, replacing Shilpa Shetty.
Hrithik is an ace actor of Bollywood, and one of the best dancers in the industry. He debuted in 2000 with ‘Kaho Na Pyaar Hai’. His charm never faded away and he has mesmerized the entire nation with his flexibility and dance moves. Consequently, he made his appearance on television in 2011 as a judge of the reality show
12. Remo D’Souza
Remo is one of the leading choreographers of the nation today. He had choreographed seventy Bollywood movies from 1995 before he made his first appearance on television as one of the three judges of Dance India Dance from 2009 to 2012. He then became a jurist on ‘
Jhalak Dikhla Jaa
’ for four years along with
. After succeeding as a director, he became the super judge on Dance Plus.
13. Farah Khan
Farah Khan is one of the leading choreographers and directors of Bollywood and has choreographed various songs since 1992. There is a long list of shows that she has judged on television, but the first of all was with
and Annu Malik. She was also a jurist of ‘Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega’ for five seasons, Jhalak Dikhla Jaa 1, Nach Baliye 4, Just Dance and India’s Got Talent
Archana Puran Singh
Archana Puran Singh is an Indian actress that mostly appears in supporting roles. She made her debut in 1987 with Abhishek opposite
. She did negative roles at the beginning of her career but later appeared more prominently as comic characters. She had worked earlier on television as a host, but started judging Comedy Circus from 2006 and has appeared in all the seasons.
15. Sonali Bendre
Sonali started working as a model than making her Bollywood debut in 1994 with Aag. She has been a part of commercial hits such as ‘Hum SaathSaath Hain’, Bhai, Sarfarosh. She began to judge the fourth season of Indian Idol along with
, being on the judging panel of India’s Got Talent 1 and 2 along with KirronKher, India’s Best Dramebaaz. She has also worked as the lead in serial AjeebDaastan Hai Ye.
16. Madhuri Dixit
Madhuri made her acting debut in 1984 with Abodh and after giving nine flops in a row, she ruled the 90s. She gave up her career after getting married in 1999, and made her comeback eight years later through ‘
’. The movie wasn’t a hit at the box-office, thus Madhuri chose to enter the television industry. She became one of the three judges of dance show ‘Jhalak Dikhla Jaa’ and continued for four seasons.
Sonakshi made her debut in 2010 with Dabangg opposite
, and in spite of receiving criticism; she made her place on the top. Today she is one of the highest paid actresses of Bollywood. She made her appearance on television by judging the talent hunt show Indian Idol Junior 2.
Shahid Kapoor was a student at Shamak Dawar’s dance class and had won a competition in which fifteen hundred people had participated. He then worked as a background dancer after for a few years. He bagged his role for ‘IshqVishq’ after an earlier rejection. Shahid experienced career fluctuations and he finally made his appearance on television as a judge of ‘Jhalak Dikhla Jaa’ reloaded replacing Madhuri Dixit and Remo D’Souza.
The latest name that adds to the list of judging the reality shows is Jacquline Fernandez. She belongs from Bahrain, and after working as a TV reporter, she got her break in Bollywood when she had come for a modeling assignment. She gained success in a short span of six years and is now one of the three judges of ‘Jhalak Dikhla Jaa 9’ with Karan Johar and
20. Karan Johar
The last one to enter the countdown is Karan Johar. KJo is a leading director and producer as we all know, and he has given an equal contribution to the television industry by judging a reality show,‘Jhalak Dikhla Jaa since 2012 and India’s Got Talent seasons 4 to 7.