Bollywood fame up for grabs

The film spec­tac­u­lar will draw hun­dreds of young hope­fuls to a new TV con­test

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY TV -

T’S cer­tainly not The Voice. Mul­ti­cul­tural broad­caster SBS launches its new four­part TV tal­ent search, Bollywood Star, this week­end.

Hun­dreds of young hope­fuls in­clud­ing Gold Coast­ers Teigan Lloyd-Evans and Tara Jade trav­elled to Syd­ney to com­pete for a chance to au­di­tion for judges Raj Suri, Dipti Patil and Anu­pam Sharma. Ap­pli­cants had to dis­play their knowl­edge of act­ing, dance and Bollywood.

Twelve con­tes­tants travel to Mum­bai where a final four will go through to a final round where they try to learn more about Bollywood au­di­ences by liv­ing with two In­dian fam­i­lies – one from the slums of Dhar­avi, the sec­ond a maid’s fam­ily in Chem­bur.

The vic­tor wins a role in the next movie by Bollywood pro­ducer and di­rec­tor Ma­hesh Bhatt. The judges are: Raj Suri: The Syd­ney-based pho­tog­ra­pher, pro­ducer and tal­ent spotter has worked on projects as di­verse as in­ter­na­tional tal­ent groom­ing, im­age build­ing work­shops, Bollywood tal­ent men­tor­ing, Bollywood film pub­lic­ity and fash­ion pro­duc­tions. In 2001, Suri founded the Miss In­dia Australia com­pe­ti­tion fol­lowed by Mis­sIn­di­ He has worked with ac­claimed in­de­pen­dent Bollywood ac­tor San­jay Suri and di­rec­tor Onir to bring the award-win­ning fea­ture My Brother Nikhil to Aus­tralian the­atres.

judges Raj Suri, Dipti Patil and Anu­pam Sharma. Dipti Patil: This dancer, teacher and chore­og­ra­pher has trained Bollywood stars for na­tional and in­ter­na­tional events in­clud­ing the In­dia act at the Clos­ing Cer­e­mony of the 2006 Com­mon­wealth Games (Melbourne) and per­formed in Bollywood films Bunty Aur Babli, I See You and Dhoom. She rep­re­sented In­dia and trav­elled to Washington DC and Los An­ge­les un­der the Indo US cul­tural ex­change pro­gram to teach in the US. She is set­ting up a Syd­ney-based dance stu­dio. Anu­pam Sharma: Film­maker, au­thor and Australia’s ex­pert on the In­dian en­ter­tain­ment sec­tor, Sharma has been listed by En­core as one of the 50 most in­flu­en­tial pro­fes­sion­als in the Aus­tralian film in­dus­try. The man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the award-win­ning Tem­ple, one of the largest Aus­tralian pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies in In­dia, has worked on more than 200 fea­ture films, TV and mu­sic videos projects. Sharma is now work­ing on his own film project, To Syd­ney with Love.

7.30pm, SBS ONE.


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