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Shake It Up
Created by Chris Thompson
Opening theme "Shake It Up"
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
Camera setup Videotape (filmized);
Running time 23 minutes.
Production company(s) SOL
Original network Disney Channel
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original release 30 March (2013-03-30) – 2 November 2013 (2013-11-02)
Related shows Shake It Up (U.S. TV series)

Shake It Up is an Indian sitcom airing on Disney Channel India. The series premiered on 30 March 2013. The series is an Indian adaptation of the 2010–2013 American television series Shake It Up. The series was created by Chris Thompson.[1].[2]

It revolves around the misadventures of best friends Neel (Neeladri) Walia and Yash (Yashpal) Mehta, two confident and energetic 13-year-olds who are skilled dancers and are on tue threshold of taking their steps into the world of professional dancing.


Main characters[edit]

Neeladri "Neel" Walia[edit]

It is played by Sparsh Shrivastav. He is the lead character of the series. He is a very talented dancer though having a great talent of dance is useful he discovers many problems with school activities. He thinks he is a cool guy because of his non studies attitude or taking part in activities which mostly children like at his age e.g. like playing video games. But ends in with some scolding from his mother or suffers some other problem. He is a dyslexic but it doesn't matter when he is helped by Yash or Vishal. He shares a brother-like relationship with Yash as they are best friends. He is the equivalent of CeCe Jones, portrayed by Bella Thorne.

Yashpal "Yash" Mehta[edit]

It is played by Ojas Godtwar. He is the second lead character after Neel. He is the best friend of Neel. He is more talented than Neel and is not afraid of anything. Most the time when he is not at Shake it Up, he's at Neel's home. He is talented in studies (mostly), karate, dance and sports. He makes most jokes of Manjot and Mandeep. He makes fewer problems than Neel. He helps Neel to overcome his dyslexia. He is known as Yash as he is totally outclass in dancing. He is the equivalent of Rocky Blue, portrayed by Zendaya.

S.P. Kiran Walia[edit]

It is played by Asawari Joshi. She is the single mother of Ayush and Neel. As a police inspector, she is very strict and loyal and if anyone makes mistakes (except Ayush) she does not leave them. She always scolds Neel due to his poor results in school and whenever he makes a mistake. Sometimes she warns Shekhar Grover because he helps Neel and Yash. She is the equivalent of Georgia Jones, portrayed by Anita Barone.

Ayush Walia[edit]

It is played by Faiq Shaikh. He is the younger brother of Neel and the one that Kiran is never shouting. He likes to play video games a lot and whenever Vishal teaches a beat he starts to play videogames. He does mischief with Yash's brother and he is known as a Chick Magnet Boy. He is the equivalent of Flynn Jones, portrayed by Davis Cleveland.

Jay Mehta[edit]

It is played by Preet Rajput. He is the elder brother of Yash. Although he is a talented dancer he does not want to participate in Shake It Up because he wants to make girlfriends. He has a crush with Riya. He has also saved Yash and Neel many times. He is a very cool guy. He is the equivalent of Ty Blue, portrayed by Roshon Fegan.

Dheeraj Dambole[edit]

It is played by Alam Khan. He is the friend of Neel, Ayush, Yash and Jay. He is the one who sent Yash and Neel to Shake It Up. He is said to have an inside-track to almost everything. Dheeraj is best friends with Jay and is Dina's boyfriend. He often babysits Ayush with Jay's help. He and Jay are almost always seen together. He always loses bets with Manjot and ends up giving his clothes. He is the equivalent of Deuce Martinez, portrayed by Adam Irigoyen.

Manjot "Jo" Dhillon[edit]

It is played by Ayush Narang. He is the twin brother of Mandeep. He is the foolish character of the series. He likes to wear shiny clothes. He wins some bets with Dheeraj and takes his clothes for his pets. He has a dialogue o ji my self Manjyot Pyar se Jo. He is the equivalent of Gunther Hessenheffer, portrayed by Kenton Duty.

Mandeep "Di" Dhillon[edit]

It is played by Riddhi Arora. She is the twin sister of Manjot. She has similar habits like her brother. She has a dialogue And My Self Mandeep pyar se di and both twins say And ourself the Judwaa Jodi. She is the equivalent of Tinka Hessenheffer, portrayed by Caroline Sunshine.

Shekhar Grover[edit]

It is played by Akshat Saluja. He is the host of Shake It Up. He is also the judge of the show and chooses the one who has akal and shakal means mind and face and if anything is missing he doesn't choose. He usually says "ye tumhara waham hai" (this is your illusion). He is the equivalent of Gary Wilde, portrayed by R. Brandon Johnson.

Mostly recurring characters[edit]

Vishal Buddhiraja[edit]

He is a friend of Ayush. He is most intelligent character of the series. He is 5 years old and wants an admission in college. Later he tells that he is preparing for both IIT and MBBS. He was firstly introduced in the episode Add It Up as the Maths Tutor of Neel who later becomes a good friend of Ayush in the end of the episode. His parents always tells him to spend some time with kids of his age. Even Ayush bullies with him. Ayush calls him Champu. He is the equivalent of Henry Dillon, portrayed by Buddy Handleson.

Batliwala Aunty[edit]

It is played by Goolshan Mazdiasni. She is a 120-year-old woman. She loves to chit chat with her charitable trust nana nani samiti. She gives work to Dheeraj, Jay and Ayush, in return she gives them money. She is the equivalent of Mrs. Loccasio, portrayed by Renée Taylor.

Dina Shah[edit]

It is played by Ayesha Kaduskar. She is the street-smart girlfriend of Dheeraj. She is immensely rich and in the episode Match It Up, it was revealed that her father owns a pizza parlour. She only wants to be a normal girl instead of a rich girl as revealed in Twist It Up. She is like female Dheeraj. She is the equivalent of Dina Garcia, portrayed by Ainsley Bailey.


A promotional music video with cast of Film ABCD: Any Body Can Dance and 'Shake It Up' aired on the channel in January 2013.[3]

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