Akki's team!


By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, April 11 -- Poonam Pandey, the newest controversy queen in town, has ditched Star Plus and quit Comedy Ka Maha Muqabla to participate in Akshay Kumar's Khatron Ke Khiladi Season Four. A source from Colors, the channel airing the desi Fear Factor produced by Endemol, says that it was the model's last minute decision to drop out of the weekend comedy show.

"More than the money, it's the platform the show will give her that lured her in," adds our source, on the condition of anonymity.

As reported earlier, Vindu Dara Singh's wife Dina and MTV VJ Bani, supposedly the new girl in actor Shahid Kapoor's life, were among the first ones to sign on the dotted line for the fourth edition of the show.

Actor-dancer Kashmera Shah who was last seen semi-nude in her calendar, and on TV show, Love Lock-Up with boyfriend Krushna Abhishek, joined the bandwagon. Actor Aarti Chhabria, last seen in a desi avatar in the Manoj Bajpai starrer, Dus Tola, and model Diandra Soares will up the glam quotient. The sixth name in the list is Mauli Dave, discovered in 2007 on Zee TV's Sa Re Ga Ma Pa and touted by judge Bappi Lahiri as the Indian Shakira.

The other contestants on the show, that brings Akshay Kumar back as the anchor after a break last season when Priyanka Chopra came on to up the fear factor, are Aashka Goradia, who was last seen as Kalavati in Lagi Tujhse Lagan and discovered on Kkusum. Item dancer and Bhojpuri actor Sambhavna Seth, Balika Vadhu's young mother-in-law Smita Bansal, model Alecia Raut, Indian women's cricket team's former captain Anjum Chopra and MTV VJ Mia are the others on the list. The show goes on the floors around April 20 in South Africa, and will be shot in a start-to-finish 20-odd day schedule. It will go on air towards the end of May, or the first half of June.