MUMBAI: After around 18 crew members of Dance Deewane 3 tested positive for COVID-19 last week, now one of the celeb judges, Dharmesh Yelande has tested positive. Dharmesh is currently in Goa and has quarantined himself at his home. Choreographers Punit J Pathak and Shakti Mohan will come in his place.
Producer Arvind Rao, who is now on his path to recovery from COVID-19, confirmed the news. He said, “Dharmesh tested negative last week, when he went to Goa to renovate his home. He was supposed to join us for the shoot on April 5. But, before we start shooting, everyone has to undergo a COVID-19 test. Dharmesh underwent another test in Goa and he had developed symptoms, too. He tested positive, so we decided to bring in Shakti Mohan and Punit J Pathak for the upcoming episodes. They shot the show with Madhuri Dixit and Tushar Kalia.”
Ask Arvind about his health and he said, “I am recovering and after three days I will have to undergo tests. If they are negative, I can again get back to work on the sets. All the other crew members who had tested positive last week are also undergoing treatment and they should also recover in a week. We are all working hard and we have followed all safety protocols. We don’t let any member come to the set without a COVID-19 test. We are functioning with less manpower as per new guidelines.”
Madhuri Dixit, who had travelled to Maldives, however, resumed shooting for the show on April 5. Rao said, “As per the rules, she also underwent tests and her tests were negative. Hopefully, Dharmesh will recover soon and he will be back on the show.”
While Dharmesh is currently home quarantined in Goa, choreographers and dancers, Punit J Pathak and Shakti Mohan stepped in for Dharmesh along with Madhuri Dixit and Tushar Kalia to judge the show.
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