Shark Tank India Season 2 will be hosted by comedian Rahul Dua, and will premiere soon on Sony TV and SonyLIV.

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The absence of ‘shark’ Ashneer Grover from the upcoming season of the popular Sony TV reality show Shark Tank India has created quite the noise among the show’s fans. Ever since the trailer was unveiled, fans have been wondering why Ashneer wasn’t invited to return.

The executive director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals, Namita Thapar, has indirectly commented on Ashneer’s absence. She wrote in a tweet that Shark Tank India is not just about one person. Namita was also featured as a ‘shark’ on the first season of the show, and is expected to return for season two.

Namita wrote on Twitter, “One person doesn’t make or break a show… not me, not anybody… this show is about celebrating our entrepreneurs, job creators… it’s about teaching masses business concepts through beautiful stories of these nation builders.. focus on that & the hard work put in by the team.”

Ashneer Grover gained a lot of popularity during his stint as an investor in the first season. His unfiltered behaviour with the contestants inspired fans to create memes, and his statement “Ye doglapan hai” became a famous one-liner among the viewers.

Namita also pulled up a Twitter user who wrote that Shark Tank India is just like any other TV show whose only purpose is to gain TRP, and claimed that the business pitches on it are not real.

Replying to the person, she wrote, “Are u serious? Coz it’s my ‘real’ money I’m putting in.. what do u mean by it’s not a real pitch ??!! It’s easy to talk & whine & judge … tough to give time, energy, mentorship & money..” Namita added, “Let’s see if authenticity & cause win over …judgement & toxicity! What does New India really want out of life?”

Besides Ashneer, it looks like MamaEarth co-founder Gazal Alagh will also not return for this season’ she wasn’t featured in the teaser of the second season. Amit Jain, CEO and co-founder of CarDekho Group, will be the new judge on the show.