Avinash Lohana (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 5, 2017)

After hosting seasons 1, 2 and 4 of Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi and Dare 2 Dance in 2014, Mirror has learnt that Akshay Kumar is all set to return to television with yet another reality show. This one will be produced by filmmaker Ashvini Yardi who has earlier collaborated with the 49-year-old actor on films like Umesh Shukla’s OMG – Oh My God! and Prabhudheva’s Singh Is Bliing.

“It’s a talent-based reality show with Akshay as the judge. Prep has begun,” informs a source close to the development.

After a 20-year career in television, Ashvini formed her production house with Akshay in December 2011. When she was with Colors she was known for pathbreaking shows like Balika Vadhu, Bigg Boss and Khatron Ke Khiladi.

Priyanka Chopra took over to host the third season of Khatron Ke Khiladi before handing the baton back to Khiladi Kumar. The fifth and sixth season of the show had director Rohit Shetty at the helm who returns in season eight, taking over from Arjun Kapoor.

When Mirror contacted Ashvini she neither confirmed or denied the story, simply saying, “No comments”.