Vidur’s Telly Tales – 3

Reality Shows of Television


These days there are surfeit of reality shows on satellite television channels. After posting two successive blogs on my blog space about my relationship with the television industry, I suddenly realized that I do have couple of students working in these shows also. Here I am giving details of some of the prominent shows.

Nach Baliye : Till date they have done 4 seasons. Sachin Pilgaonkar won the title in the first season. But after that three successive titles winners were my students. Hussain Kuwajarwala, Amir Ali and Shaleen Bhanot won titles for 2nd, 3rd and 4th seasons respectively. I trained them for diction or /and acting, but because of their dancing skills they won the coveted title and got huge money also. Now they are working in various serials as anchors and lead actors.

Fear Factor : They have done 2 seasons till date. My student Urvashi Sharma took part in the first season. She got eliminated in the last but one round. She was sent to us by “ Tips ” and she was in the 9th batch of Kreating Charakters. She was already a big and established model before she took admission. After completing the course she was launched by “ Tips ” in “ Naqaab ”. She was the only female co-star of Akshaye Khanna and Bobby Deol in that film and performed brilliantly. She got rave reviews for her début performance. Unfortunately the film tanked and her career took a temporary beating. She is not a television star but she participated in “ Fear Factor : Khatron Ke Khiladi – Season 1 ”. She left her mark in that programme too. Currently Urvashi is doing a Priyadarshan film.

Bigg Boss : 3rd season of this programme ended recently. This season will always be remembered because of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. Aditi Govitrikar, who is a student of mine, was there as an inmate. I used to watch the show quite often. Towards the grand finale, a feeling of déjà vu engulfed me. It is very uncanny that like Urvashi Sharma, she too was eliminated in the last but one round. She was a strong contender but alas, got eliminated when she was very close to the goal. She was ousted towards the end, after wading through the rough water valiantly.

Shamita Shetty was another inmate of the house. She is my student since “ Mohabbatein ” days. I trained her along with Uday Chopra, Jimmy Sheirgill, Jugal Hansraj, Preeti Jhangiani and Kim Sharma for that movie. She left the show mid way because of her sister Shilpa Shetty’s marriage. Like Urvashi Sharma and Aditi Govitrikar, she too is not a television artiste, but took part in the above mentioned show.

More and more reality shows are being planned and I hope that many more students of mine would be taking part in those shows.



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