From Dangal To Dance- Babita Phogat Participates In Nach Baliye 9 With Fiancé

Written by , Beauty & Lifestyle Enthusiast Chaitra Krishnan Beauty & Lifestyle Enthusiast Experience: 5 years
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Nach Baliye is undoubtedly one of the most loved reality shows on Indian television. The couple dance competition that airs on Star Plus is now running its 9th season and the viewers can’t get enough of the glamour and the sparkles! The latest season of the show is produced by none other than Salman Khan. There are 12 celebrity jodis from various fields who would dance to the tunes this season. Out of these celebrity couples, Babita Kumari Phogat and her fiance, Vivek Suhaag is the one that stands out the most.

Babita Phogat is an Indian wrestler who won gold for India at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 as well as in 2018. The 29-year-old has also won a bronze medal at the World Wrestling Championship in 2012. Babita also has a blockbuster movie Dangal credited to her. This movie’s storyline revolved around the true story of her sister Geeta, her father Mahavir Singh Phogat, her. Babita, the woman wrestler who makes her foot movements to crash her opponent down will now sway her feet to dance with her partner on the show. Want to know more? Read on.

Babita And Vivek

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Earlier, it was speculated that Geeta Phogat, Babita’s sister who is also the first Indian woman to win a gold medal in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games was going to participate in the dance show. There were rumors about Geeta and her wrestler husband Pawan Kumar being a part of Nach Baliye 9. The rumors were cleared when it was confirmed that Babita was the Phogat sister who was going to participate in the on-screen dance competition. Babita and her fiancé Vivek are the only couple from a sports background to participate in the show.

Dangal hero Aamir Khan wished Babita good luck saying that he knows how she excels in everything she attempts and he believes that she’ll surprise everyone with her moves. On a funny note, he also told Babita to “dhobi pachaad (a wrestling move where the opponent is slammed to the floor)” her competitors if they give her a tough time.

Babita and Vivek, both hailing from Haryana met coincidentally during a wrestling event that took place in 2014, in Delhi. They met again in Babita’s wrestling academy where they fell in love with each other. Babita posted a picture of Vivek being blessed by her father on Twitter last month with the cutest description ever. She said “@SuhagVivek you know it’s official when you get the blessing from my bapu. It’s time for Dilwale to take her Dulhaniya,” confirming her engagement with Vivek.

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With their simplicity and honesty, the duo’s love story has already won the hearts of the common masses. To add to the romance in the air, Vivek proposed to Babita during one of the episodes of Nach Baliye. When Ravina Tandon asked Vivek how he’d propose to Babita if they were alone, he didn’t let go of the opportunity and proposed to Babita in Haryanvi. He said “Jab tu kushti lade hai na, jab tere chot laage hain, mere dil mein ghana dard howe hai (When you wrestle and get hurt, my heart gets deeply hurt).” Vivek’s sincere proposal was a complete “awww” moment for the entire set as well as the viewers.

Nach Baliye 9

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The 9th season of the dance show which premiered on 19th July will be judged by Bollywood actress Ravina Tandon and Choreographer Ahmed Khan. The show will be co-hosted by popular anchor Manish Paul and actress Walusha De Sousa. Here’s a complete list of the twelve participants who will set fire on the dance floor this season:

  • Shraddha Arya and Alam Makkar
  • Babita Phogat and Vivek Suhag
  • Urvashi Dholakia and Anuj Sachdeva
  • Vindu Dara Singh and Dina Umarova
  • Prince Narula and Yuvika Chaudhary
  • Vishal Aditya Singh and Madhurima Tuli
  • Anita Hassanandani and Rohit Reddy
  • Aly Goni and Natasa Stankovik
  • Shantanu Maheshwari and Nityaami Shirke
  • Saurabh Raj Jain and Ridhimma
  • Faizal Khan and Muskan Kataria
  • Rochelle Rao and Keith Sequeira
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The new feature of this edition of Nach Baliye is that not all the couples dancing together are currently together. Salman Khan’s new season of the dance competition has also included ex-couples and this is a first for the dance show that has been on the mini screen for almost 14 years now! During the competition when one of the contestants asked Salman about this new twist he said “If two people are not able to spend their lives together, you should be ok with everyone. If you could not make it in one field, you can come together and work together. A boy and a girl can be friends even after the breakup, but it depends.”

After the first week, Babita and Vivek are among the top scorers among the contestants of the show. With most of their competitors from the entertainment field, we can imagine how good the wrestler couple is to have topped the score chart. We hope that Babita achieves victory on the dance floor just the way she does in the wrestling arena. All the best to Babita and Vivek!

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