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Shilpa Shetty and Rakhi Sawant, Bollywood's biggest drama queens who have mastered the art of hogging the limelight for no reason, have found a platform for catfight on reality TV. On the new Star Plus show,
PTI May 11, 2010 17:06 IST
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Shilpa Shetty and Rakhi Sawant, Bollywood's biggest drama queens who have mastered the art of hogging the limelight for no reason, have found a platform for catfight on reality TV. On the new Star Plus show, Zara Nach Ke Dikha , Shilpa and Rakhi have bared their claws right from the start, setting the stage for plenty of scripted fights to come.

Shilpa, who is a judge on the dance show, has been giving a cold shoulder to Rakhi, a contestant. In the latest episode, aired on Saturday, which was a Mother's Day special, Shilpa's reaction after Rakhi performance clearly showed that she doesn't want to encourage any staged drama on the part of Rakhi.

“ It was an average performance,” Shilpa said after Rakhi performed to the beats of the mehbooba mehbooba number from film Sholay, along with her ex- boyfriend Abhishek Awasthi. For the record, the episode marked Rakhi's reunion with Abhishek after she had very publicly broken ties with him.

True to form, Rakhi tried to cash in on the reunion drama. She started to apologise to Abhishek's mother, who was also present on the show. Shilpa looked on impatiently, waiting for the drama to get over.

The catfight between the two started in the early rounds when Shilpa, after a dance by Rakhi, said her performance was far from the quality one would expect from an item bomb.

Never the one to take things lying down, Rakhi promptly retorted that she was the Amitabh Bachchan of television. Rakhi's dig was obvious. Despite having made it big, Shilpa has never really been a top star.

It didn't end there. The item girl went on to declared: “ Even Sachin Tendulkar is out on zero at times.” Shilpa was clearly stumped, but her co- judge Arshad Warsi came to her rescue. “ When Sachin scores a zero, he is credited zero runs on the scoreboard too. You should keep that in mind,” he told Rakhi.

The catfight has shifted focus from what the show is meant to be — a battle of sexes between male celebrities ( known in the contest as Mastkalandar) and their female counterparts ( Massakali).

Shilpa is clearly in the mood to cut a strict picture as a judge on the show. This is in sync with her of- late bid to project herself as a woman of substance. Onlookers feel Shilpa's strict image on Zara Nachke Dikha is because she wants to stop Rakhi from hogging the limelight.

A source in the production unit of the show said: “ Shilpa is generally friendly with the contestants. She is seen interacting with most of them. But with Rakhi, she maintains a distance. Nobody has ever seen the two getting friendly.” The battle of the bombshells has just begun!