Posted Tue, December 18, 2012 12:59pm IST

The actor salutes the new mother for participating in the dance reality show merely three months after delivering a baby

It was a great evening – the launch of Nach Baliye 5. The three judges Terrence Lewis, Sajid Khan and Shilpa Shetty were all smiles, and so were the 11 contestants, all nervous yet excited about the long battle ahead of them. But it was Shilpa Shetty who was the cynosure of all eyes, given that she is a new mum and is facing the camera for the first time after her pregnancy.

There were naturally questions being posed to her about how she would manage juggling her with baby boy and judging the weekly show. And Shilpa, quite selflessly, instead of stating the obvious, went on to praise another contestant instead. She gave the example of Smita Bansal saying, “Smita has been working on Nach Baliye 5 only three months after her pregnancy, so hats off to her!” said Shilpa about Smita, who is taking part in the show along with husband Ankush. And Shilpa went on to add that sometimes she might bring Viaan to the sets too, but since she had to shoot only one day a week, it was a little less challenging. Well, that is one honest actor right there, and wethinks Shilpa will make a great judge on the show.

Other contestants in this season include Rahul Mahajan and Dimpy Mahajan, Jay Bhanushali and Mahi Vij, Kushal Tandon and Elena Boeva, Neelu Vaghela and Arvind Vaghela, Karan Mehra and Nisha Rawal, Deepshikha Nagpal and Kaishav Arora, Ravi Dubey and Sargun Mehta, Suhasi Dhami and Jaisheel Dhami, Kunwar Amar and Charlie Chauhan, Shefali Jariwala and Parag Tyagi and Smita Bhansal and Ankush Mohla.

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Photos: Yogen Shah