MTV's popular youth reality show, Roadies is all set to return with the 16th season. However, this year is going to be far different from the earlier fifteen editions. The theme of the year is all about hailing real-life heroes by giving them a chance to be a part of the adventure series. And following the theme of the season, there is going to be a change in the panel of gang leaders. Don't worry, none of your favorite gang leaders are getting replaced. In fact, there is going to be an addition in the list. Till last season, the gang leaders were Prince Narula, Nikhil Chinnapa, Neha Dhupia and Raftaar. BollywoodLife has exclusively learnt that there is going to be a new gang leader introduced this year. And this gang leader is someone who is a real-life hero. We have confirmed reports that the ex-captain of the Indian national hockey team, Sandeep Singh, has been brought on board as the fifth gang leader.
"The makers wanted a real-life hero who has struggled and inspired many," a source close to the development has revealed. When we dug deeper we found that the team was in talks with several heroic personalities including Arunima Sinha, who is the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest. "Arunima was one of the top contenders since her story was very inspiring. However, there were certain budget issues that cropped up. Things fell in place with Sandeep and he was signed just yesterday," the source adds.
Interestingly, early this year, a biopic on Sandeep's life was made featuring Diljit Dosanjh in the lead. And with Roadies, the Arjuna Award winner will make his TV debut, early next year.
Meanwhile, there have been several reports that Neha Dhupia, who recently embraced motherhood, would be replaced on the show by Roadies alumni Bani J. However, our source confirms that Dhupia isn't going anywhere. "The actress didn't shy away from the camera when she had a baby bump, do you think she won't be ready for the show, which still has a month to go on the floor? In fact, the channel has some big plans with the actress, including making her baby girl's TV debut," the insider reasserts.
Well, with Neha continuing to be a part of the panel and Sandeep Singh joining, how excited are you for the upcoming season? Roadies will be hosted and presented by Rannvijay Singha.
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