In Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, celebrities perform various dances together with professional dance partners. The show's format is taken from the Strictly Come Dancing show on BBC One in the UK, which has been successful in many countries includingthe United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Italy, where it is known as Dancing with the Stars.
The dances are typically more exuberant than on its sister programmes around the world, owing to India's Bollywood traditions. Also because of the strong Bollywood approach, India is the only country not to have live music with an in-house band. The show is also pre-recorded, unlike the UK's Strictly Come Dancing and other spin-offs. All the ballroom and Latin dances are performed as Bollywood-themed showdances (US: freestyles) rather than with strict 'syllabus' ballroom or Latin technique.
The show is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions in India. Tania Bath is the Creative Director of the Indian series.