New Delhi: There's a bad news for Akshay Kumar's The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, which is struggling to keep up with the TRP challenge. According a mid-day report the showrunners have decided to sack mentors Mallika Dua, Hussain Dalal and Zakir Khan and replace them with Sajid Khan and Shreyas Talpade, who will join Akshay Kumar at the judge's panel. "The last few seasons were a big draw. But, this season didn't kick off on a great note. The makers arrived at the decision after seeing the dismal TRPs (TV rating)," a source close to the project told mid-day.
- Mallika Dua, Hussain Dalal, Zakir Khan have reportedly been sacked
- Shreyas Talpade and Sajid Khan have replaced the trio
- The decision was made only after it was green-lit by Akshay: source
Sajid Khan, who has made comedy films such as the Housefull series and Heyy Babyy, was a popular choice to take up the role of the judge while Shreyas' name was finalised after he came for the promotions of Golmaal Again on the show recently. "The team went ahead with Sajid and Shreyas only after it was green-lit by Akshay. Shreyas was signed on Saturday and Sajid completed the paperwork last evening," the source said.
The change in cast will come into effect from the end of October. Mallika Dua, Hussain Dalal and Zakir Khan will be a part of the Diwali weekend specials while episodes featuring Sajid Khan and Shreyas Talpade will air from October 28. "We would like to thank mentors Zakir Khan, Mallika Dua and Hussain Dalal for giving us our final contestants. We now move from mentors to judges Sajid Khan and Shreyas Talpade," mid-day quoted producer Ashvini Yardi as saying.
The Great Indian Laughter Challenge aired from September 30.