I have been cheated: Krushna


By Hindustan Times

New Delhi, Jan. 25 -- The wild card round of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4 that was shot recently, will probably become a bone of contention between contestant Krushna Abhishek (right) and Sony Entertainment, the channel. Reason: Yana Gupta and Ankita Lokhande made it back to the show, but Krushna didn't.

"Everyone gave me a standing ovation for my performance, except for the judges (Madhuri Dixit, Remo D'Souza and Malaika Arora Khan) though they too seemed to have been wowed. Yet, I wasn't taken back," rues Krushna, pointing to the fact that public votes weren't considered for this episode. "So this time they can't even blame the public for not wanting me on the show."

The actor-comedian says that once the episode is aired, everyone will realise that the show is fixed. "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4 is rigged. I don't know for whom and why. I'm a face of the channel and the TRP winner for four years. After so many seasons of the comedy show, I'd hoped to be around," he sighs. Krushna has been on a round of stage shows in small towns and is surprised by his phenomenal popularity with the 'aam janta' (common man). "How is it possible then, that I had the lowest vote count?" he questions.

Will he continue to work with Sony? "I'll think a 100 times before giving the nod. I don't trust them. They've played a nasty game with me, more so after I lashed out against them in the media. Jhalak... has left a bitter taste," he admits. "I was humiliated in front of my 'mama' (uncle Govinda) during the elimination, and wasn't taken back despite being the best performer of the wild card round." When asked, the Sony spokesperson comments, "Our system is audited and foolproof. If Krushna wants us to 'prefer' him, then he's really asking us to rig the show, which so far it's not."