The ninth season of the much-anticipated couple dance reality series Nach Baliye kickstarted on Friday with show and pomp. After enough speculation surrounding the judge of the show, Raveena Tandon was crowned the position rightfully. The actress, apart from her excellent comic timing and acting, she is known for perfect dance moves that make way into our hearts, sample the song Tip Tip Barsa Paani and several others. With Nach Baliye 9, Raveena has finally returned to the small screen after a break and also collaborated with her longtime friend, Salman Khan. Salman is the co-producer of Nach Baliye 9 and was responsible for introducing the participants and judge on the premiere episodes aired over the weekend. Raveena, during an interview with a leading daily, spoke about her experience of working with Salman and the amount of fun they had on sets. For the unversed Raveena made her Bollywood debut through Patthar Ke Phool co-starring Salman.
Raveena told that there is a comfort factor she shares with Salman and also told his sense of humour hasn't faded till date. "He told everyone that he knows me since the last 120 years. There's a comfort factor with him. We spoke non-stop on the set, but when the episode was telecast, I realised that they had edited out a major chunk due to time constraints. We then told each other, 'Why did we talk so much?'," Raveena gushed.
Salman Khan and Raveena Tandon in Patthar Ke Phool
Raveena further spoke that on sets the actors kept reminiscing the days when they shot for their first film. "We kept remembering anecdotes from the film's shoot. We go back 29 years, so one can well imagine our conversation." Raveena and Salman, apart from Patthar Ke Phool in 1991, teamed up for Andaz Apna Apna in 1994.
Nach Baliye 9 isn't the first time Raveena will be stepping into the shoes of a judge. She has previously judged shows like Sabse Bada Kalakar and Comedy Ka Maha Muqbala. Speaking about her criteria to rate performances, she said, "I don't believe in being too strict. My job is not to berate the contestants but to encourage them. They are all doing their best. No one intentionally wants to give a bad performance."